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How can I tell if my rheumatoid arthritis is active?

Sometimes, people who have RA know that a flare is on the way when they feel more fatigued. Fatigue can be the main symptom of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and fatigue can be independent of the joint issues.

Dr. Daniel R. Spogen, MD
Family Practitioner

When rheumatoid arthritis is active, a person will usually experience morning stiffness and symmetrical joint swelling. However, sometimes RA can be active with little or no stiffness or swelling. In such cases a doctor will check inflammation markers, such as erythrocyte sedimentation rates or C-reactive proteins, to determine activity.

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