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Rheumatoid Arthritis Imposters

Rheumatoid Arthritis can be difficult to diagnose because many other conditions have similar symptoms. Find out how to tell them apart.

Autoimmune Disorders

  • Back Pain
    Ankylosing Spondylitis
    Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that mainly affects the lower back. Read more about this condition and its symptoms. 

Gout Diseases

  • gout swollen toe, rheumatoid arthritis mimic
    Gout
    Gout occurs when excess levels of uric acid form needle-like crystals that settle in a joint causing swelling and severe pain.

Infectious Diseases

  • Deer tick, insect, Lyme Disease carrier
    Lyme Disease
    Deer ticks carry the bacteria that causes this inflammatory disease characterized by rash, flu-like symptoms, joint pain and neurological disturbances.

Muscle and Neurological Disorders

Quiz - When It May Not Be Rheumatoid Arthritis

This condition typically occurs in men older than 40 and primarily affects the big toe.