What You Need to Know About Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis?
When assessing the severity of rheumatoid arthritis, doctors consider your symptoms, joint damage, and physical function. Symptoms of severe rheumatoid arthritis include a high level of joint pain, stiffness, or swelling of the affected joints. You may have trouble performing your usual daily activities. Joint deformities, especially hand deformity, are common with severe rheumatoid arthritis.
While physical examinations, laboratory tests (including CRP anderythrocyte sedimentation rate), and imaging studies can help your doctor determine the severity of your condition, your own self-assessment is important, too. For example, how long does morning stiffness last? Have symptoms, including your pain and fatigue levels, worsened? How is severe rheumatoid arthritis affecting your daily activities, family life, leisure time, and work?