Rheumatoid Arthritis - Symptoms
RA symptoms have a gradual onset in most cases. Patients notice a slow development of signs and symptoms over a period of weeks to months. The disease has an intermittent course wherein there are phases of flare-ups (when the disease activity increases) and remission phases (when the disease remains silent), making the diagnosis and treatment difficult. Again the non-specific symptoms or certain atypical presentations may further add to the problem in diagnosing this condition.