Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include morning stiffness, swollen, painful joints, joint destruction, nodules and flu-like symptoms, among others. Typically, affected joints are symmetrical on the body. Affected joints usually include wrists, knuckles, knees and balls of the feet, but any joint can be affected.
Weather is a common trigger for RA flares, with cold temperatures being high on the list of what can increase pain. Those of us who also live with fibromyalgia can experience a double whammy of pain. Winter this year seems to be flexing its muscles on a weekly basis. Snowstorms, ice storms, flash freezing, a polar vortex—the news is full of…