10 Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore!

4) Swelling as a Symptom in Rheumatoid Arthritis

A foot on a black background with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis

One of the most common symptoms of this disease is swelling. You may feel swollen all over, especially in the joints. When you have flare-ups, the joints can become reddened and look swollen. If this is happening to you, don’t be alarmed. The swelling will go away once you start taking the medications prescribed by your doctor when you have flare-ups.

Your hands may feel warm, and you will probably think it is a good idea to use ice to relieve pain. But this is not always a good idea in rheumatoid arthritis because it sometimes causes even more stiffness. So, try to keep your hands warm and ask your doctor to know which medications you can use for flare-ups.