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.
A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is much like moving to another country. You need to learn about a new culture, customs, and language. One key phrase in your new life is flare, as in “my RA is flaring,” or “I’m having a flare.” This can be confusing to people who previously associated that word only with a…