Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disorder that develops gradually, leading to a chronic inflammatory condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body. The symptoms of RA are vague, persistent, and they increase progressively.
RA symptoms can vary across patients, from day to day and also across different stages of the disease. They may also appear and disappear, varying in severity. Periods of intense disease activity and increased symptoms called “flares” alternate with intervals of relative remission where there’s an absence of indications.
Read more about this condition and the early warning signs to watch out for.
1: Can’t Jump Out of Bed Anymore: Morning Stiffness
The causes of RA are not completely understood but some of the signs and symptoms can be detected in the early stages.
An early symptom is a feeling of stiffness and lack of flexibility when you wake up in the mornings or after long periods of inactivity, sitting at a desk or on the couch. The joints feel warm, swollen, painful or stiff and getting out of bed becomes increasingly difficult and uncomfortable.
Share your experiences of those “a.m. aches” with us.