Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common type of arthritis in the UK, according to the NHS.
About 400,000 people in the UK are affected by the painful condition.
It’s an autoimmune condition, which means the body’s natural immune system mistakenly attacks patients’ joints.
Over time, the immune system can damage the joints, cartilage and even nearby bone.
You should see a GP if you think you may have rheumatoid arthritis. These are some of the signs to watch out for.
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms: Signs include joint pain and weight loss
“The main symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are joint pain, swelling and stiffness,” said the NHS.
“It may also cause more general symptoms, and inflammation in other parts of the body.
“The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis often develop gradually over several weeks, but some cases can progress quickly over a number of days.
“They can come and go, and may change over time.
“You may occasionally experience flares when your