Patient Comments: Rheumatoid Arthritis Early Symptoms and Signs - Unusual Symptoms and Signs


Did you have any unusual signs or symptoms that preceded the onset of your RA? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: rtmgr, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

In November 2018 pain started in my right little toe and then moved to the left little toe. Shortly after I was having issues with my left hand and a few days later, my right. Now if it is a joint, it hurts. I can no longer make a fist on either hand. I finally had appropriate blood work done and it showed a high positive for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and another test showed possible lupus. I am an active person, and feel so limited. I am waiting to get in to see a specialist and hopefully get some relief.

Comment from: DCRich, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I've had issues with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) one joint at a time in past years since I was in my 30s, maybe once every other year or so. I received a flu shot on 10/25/17 and by 10/30 I had a full RA flare up going on and by the weekend I was in the emergency room with it in both shoulders, left wrist and elbow, both feet, the big toe joint and arch on the left foot, and the inside ankle on the left foot. It didn't affect my right hand and elbow, just the shoulder. Several days later it moved into my knees and hips but not as intense a pain as in the other joints, just very sore, stiff and I was unable to move and walk. I am still waiting to see an RA doctor, and on short term disability. They are pretty booked up, I see one on 12/11. I'm just now getting to where I can get around on my own again but my left arm and wrist are still not working right, it seems to be stuck in my wrist and not dissipating like the rest of my joints, which is ironic since my left wrist is where I used to get it most often in my younger years. I'm 58 now.

Comment from: dragonfly757, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I've had unexplained fatigue for a few months, requiring a nap in the afternoon. Totally out of character for me. Then while grocery shopping, I got sudden redness and swelling in the little fingers of both hands. Acute onset and very painful. They throbbed for a few days, now just red bump on inside of both little fingers at largest joint. Same thing happened to feet but pain from little toe to heel started it. I had mild fever that fluctuated. The doctor just did blood work two months ago when fatigue started, all normal. Now with redness, swelling and pain, more bloodwork. I also have occasional spikes in surplus iron, no idea why. I just donate blood to deal with that. Also had periods of 1 or 2 seconds of loss of consciousness which makes me lose my balance easily. It occurs several times a day. No heart problems. No seizure problems. Chest pain is more pronounced and possibly heartburn. I will be seeing a gastroenterologist soon.

Comment from: Rudy RA, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

No, I did not have any unusual signs or symptoms that preceded the onset of RA.

Comment from: Sick and tired , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

The pain of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is indescribable. I often tell people 'you would cut off your own arm to be free of the pain.' It is crying, writhing, gasping, groaning, agonizing, and constant excruciating pain. You can't move, you can't sleep, and you can't even get dressed. You never know when it's going to hit. It could last minutes or days. Yes days! It is relentless. I cannot think of anything being more painful. Then there is all the added damage just to make matters worse.

Comment from: Rose, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have pain in my elbow joints, both of them, very painful. I can't even hold a 10 liter bucket and I've not seen a doctor yet. I am worried if that is arthritis.

Comment from: Zama, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

My feet are very painful. I take pain tablets for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) but it doesn't help.


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