Dr. Siddiqui on the Early Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Morning stiffness is one of the first few
signs and that kind of occurs way before even the joint pain starts. And the second commonest sign is joint swelling
and stiffness. So how does a patient present like that? Often they say, “Oh well, we can’t wear the
rings that we were able to wear before,” or “Once I wear my rings I can’t take them off,”
or “My shoes are too tight and I can’t take them off anymore,” or “I can’t wear the shoes
that I enjoy wearing.” So these are the commonest symptoms that a
patient with rheumatoid arthritis presents with. Yes! So rheumatoid arthritis can even develop in
childhood. It’s slightly different, we call it juvenile
rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and then some kids outgrow it,
and some kids remain with the disease. But the rheumatoid arthritis of adulthood
can occur at any time. Young women can get it, older gentlemen can
also get it, so it’s very variable.

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