The first symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis are pain and swelling in the joints of the fingers and wrists accompanied by joint stiffness, especially in the mornings. The pain and stiffness can last for hours and usually involve the joints on both sides of the body.
Other symptoms include a low-grade fever, tiredness and loss of weight and appetite. These symptoms are related to the amount of inflammation present.
In advanced Rheumatoid Arthritis, much of the joint surface is destroyed leading to deformed joints.