- Morning joint stiffness that lasts more than 30 minutes to an hour after getting out of bed
- Pain, stiffness, or swelling in three or more joints
- Symmetrical joint pain (i.e., the same joints on both sides of the body are affected)
- Low-grade fever and fatigue
If your primary care physician can't see you within a week, consider making an appointment directly with a rheumatologist. Ask your doctor for a referral.