10 Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore!

10) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand. Rheumatoid Arthritis patients have a higher incidence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome than the rest, apparently because inflammation due to an autoimmune problem also affects the carpal tunnel.

These manifestations are much more common in patients with vitamin B12 deficiency, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, hormonal changes, chronic stress, and pregnant women. The type of work you do every day also has a role in the development of carpal tunnel syndrome in rheumatoid arthritis.


Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disorder that affects approximately 1-2% of the world’s population. Symptoms usually begin slowly with small tender spots and swollen finger and toe joints. As they continue to worsen, the patients start to experience pain in their other joints.

There are many ways that you can help manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. This includes taking a daily dose of anti-inflammatory medication. In addition, you might need to try different types of exercises to strengthen your muscles. We will have a complete article about rheumatoid arthritis treatment to cover this topic.

If you are struggling with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, you should speak with your doctor to get a diagnosis and start learning about how to manage your symptoms.


Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Clinical Presentation. Updated: Jan 31, 2022. Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD.