You probably know all about the swelling and pain in your joints that comes and goes when you have rheumatoid arthritis. But don’t neglect unusual symptoms that crop up on other parts of your body. They could be symptoms of complications or side effects of medicine you take.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own joints and tissues. RA can get worse with time, and without adequate treatment, this can lead to problems throughout the body. Watch out for these 10 problems, and call your doctor if you spot them. Once you got them, you should start common rheumatoid arthritis medications.

1. Fever

Some RA drugs, such as biologics, affect the immune system, your body’s defense against germs. You may not be able to fight off illnesses as easily as you used to. That’s why you need to be on the lookout for a fever. It could signal something serious, either very active disease or an infection.

Infections can get worse quickly if you’re taking medication that keeps your immune system from working, so it’s important to get treatment quickly.

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