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How RA Affects Your Body

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Your Hands:

With RA, you're likely to experience inflammation in the wrist and knuckles of the hand, which makes them appear red and feel hot. Since the disease acts on your body symmetrically, if you have symptoms in one hand, you probably have them in the other. You may also feel numbness or tingling, which is a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. This is due to swollen tendons placing pressure on nearby nerves.

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Medically Reviewed By: Williams, Robert, MD

Last Annual Review Date: 2012-01-01

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