Sign 1: Fatigue
Granted, chronic fatigue is a very vague symptom that can be caused by a whole host of conditions. However, it is often the first sign of rheumatoid arthritis. If you later experience any of the other symptoms on this list, it can be helpful to report to your doctor that you have also felt fatigued recently. Depression is a similar response that can also point to RA. This is thought to be due to the body’s ongoing efforts to combat inflammation in the joints.