The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis most often become prevalent beginning around the age of 40. Chronic inflammation can cause:
- Fatigue & weakness
- Stiffness and aching in more than one joint
- The same pain in symmetrical joints, for example, both knees or both ankles
- Low-grade fever
Because it is an autoimmune disease, the constant attack on the body by itself can negatively impact other organs of the body, such as the heart, eyes, and lungs. As rheumatoid arthritis progresses, cartilage and bone can eventually wear down, causing joints to become fused.