You probably associate arthritis with joint pain alone, but rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can cause a broad range of symptoms, including, potentially, a fever.
If you’re one of the 1.5 million people in the United States who lives with this disease, understanding why fever may occur may help you get the care and relief you need.
Our expert team at Houston Pain Specialists, led by board-certified pain management specialist Hui Kang, MD, aims to reduce your RA symptoms while keeping the condition from affecting your lungs, heart, and other organs.
Take a few minutes to learn more about rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, including what might fuel your fever and ways we can help.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to mistakenly attack tissues in your body. The chronic inflammation this causes can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as:
Your joint symptoms may start in the small bones in your hands and feet, and then spread to other joints throughout your body. And all of your symptoms may stay fairly steady or intensify during periodic flare-ups.
The way your immune system reacts to healthy tissues can also affect your metabolism, which plays an important role in your body temperature. When RA increases your metabolism, kicking into higher gear in an attempt to fight something perceived as harmful, you can develop a fever.
If you have a fever under 101 F, know that it’s not uncommon nor something considered serious. If your fever spikes higher than that or you notice other symptoms like nausea and vomiting, contact our office.
Since fever can also stem from other conditions — some of which may make your RA symptoms worse — getting a proper diagnosis and any treatment you may need is important.
Following your rheumatoid arthritis treatment plan can help keep your symptoms, including fever, to a minimum. Doing so may also lower your risk for complications, like fractures.
Depending on the specifics of your condition and overall health, your RA treatment plan may include:
To learn more about rheumatoid arthritis symptoms or to get the care you need, contact our Houston, Texas, office today to schedule an appointment.