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With RA it seems like there is always something going on: pain, swelling, even the occasional fever. So how do you sort out what’s “normal” and when you need to see a doctor (outside your normal checkups)?

First of all, just let me say that in case of any doubt, seek medical attention immediately. This includes severe things like profuse bleeding, vomiting, symptoms of heart attack or other life-threatening signs.

But beyond those things that are clearly emergencies, I use a series of “check-boxes” to decide if something is outside the norm enough to warrant a doctor visit.

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Doctor holding stethoscope