What Is the List of Rheumatoid Arthritis Joints?

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Can you see through a dirty old window?

Searching for proof for Rheumatoid Arthritis joints

Several people have recently asked me questions about which joints can be affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Cindy’s post is a typical example. People write that they are worried because when they complain about an RA symptom, a doctor has told them something like this: “You cannot get Rheumatoid Arthritis in that joint.”

People ask me which joints can be affected by RA and how they can prove it to their doctors.  I’ve never had much luck proving anything to doctors myself, but I’ll give this my best shot.

My short answer: I have Rheumatoid Arthritis in every single joint. Two good rheumatologists and my general practitioner have told me, “Any joint can be affected by RA.” So, I know it’s possible. However, I don’t expect you to take my word for it.

My longer answer: There is a list below with lots of cool links to check out. It might also be interesting to read the posts and comments: What Is the First Symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis? and Is There a Typical Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Often requested list of Rheumatoid Arthritis joints

List of specific RA joints, with links to the most frequently questioned:

Bottom line about RA joints

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis in the spine is not rare. RA in the DIP joint is not rare. And Cricoarytenoid Arthritis is not rare. It’s frustrating to hear how people are doubted because the symptom they claim to have is thought to be rare.
  2. Even if a symptom were rare, how does that help if it is you that has it? I hope you will always tell your doctor where RA hurts or disables you. It may require treatment.
  3. I have read several books and magazine articles with lists or diagrams which restrict RA to a limited number of joints. It was discouraging to see that doctors were writing these books. They seemed so confused that I quit reading those lists a long time ago.

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