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11 Red-Flag Signs Your Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Getting Worse

CreakyJoints explains common signs that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be progressing according to experts including HSS rheumatologist Nilasha Ghosh, MD.

Dr. Ghosh explained, “Identifying worsening rheumatoid arthritis early will be better for your health, comfort, and quality of life. Untreated disease can lead to complications such as irreversible joint damage and deformity. The goal is to stop the inflammation before it gets to this point.”

Visibly swollen and tender joints can be a common sign. “It is a good idea to monitor which of your joints are affected by pain, stiffness, and/or swelling, as these may change from day to day and may increase over time, especially if your disease is undertreated,” said Dr. Ghosh.

She added, “If you are experiencing flares more frequently, usually manifesting as increased pain, stiffness, and swelling, your RA could be getting worse.”

Fatigue can also be common or a possible indication of high inflammation in the body. “RA fatigue could also lead to poor sleep and mood changes, which will also affect one’s energy,” noted Dr. Ghosh.

Read the full article at Creakyjoints.org.