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Pain in the joints; slight tenderness on pressure; more or less swelling of the joints; either one or several joints may be affected; slight fever or none at all; pain increased at night and by bad weather.
Chronic rheumatism, sometimes the acute form of the disease, generally runs an independent course, beginning insidiously. It generally produces more or less deformity, when long continued, from stiffness of the joints. In many cases the patient suffers with flatulent dyspepsia, and other forms of indigestion. The disease is very chronic in character, often continuing many years, frequently without affecting the general health as much as would be expected.