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Arthritis Symptoms: What Are The Common Symptoms?

April 16, 2019 in Arthritis

Arthritis symptoms

Here's What You Need to Know About Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis is a broad term that describes pain and inflammation in the joints. It can be a localized or widespread condition that can affect one joint or multiple joints. Understanding arthritis symptoms is a crucial step in managing the condition effectively. To begin with, here are the two most common types of arthritis:

Osteoarthritis (OA):

The most common form of the condition. Occurs when protective cartilage between bones wears down. As a result, bone rubs on bone causing painful friction. Even though osteoarthritis can affect any joint, it is very common in the knees, hips and spine

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA):

A progressive auto-immune disorder that causes pain and widespread inflammation in the joints. To clarify, auto-immune refers to a condition in which the body's immune system attacks healthy body parts by mistake.

To clarify, these are not the only types of arthritis. There are many versions of the condition that can affect people. This guide only seeks to outline the most common symptoms that can signal arthritis.

What are the Common Symptoms?

Even though there are many different types of arthritis pain, there are general symptoms that usually bring on a diagnosis. Common symptoms of inflammatory arthritis are1:

  • Pain, swelling and stiffness in one, or many joints
  • Morning stiffness around these joints lasting for at least one hour
  • Pain and stiffness that worsens with inactivity and improves with activity
  • Poor or reduced range of motion
  • In some cases, fever, weight loss and fatigue
  • A loss of appetite

In cases of osteoarthritis, these symptoms also may arise:

  • Pain that arises with physical activity that gets worse over time
  • Stiffness after short periods of inactivity
  • Grinding or grating sensation in the joints
  • Joints are tender to the touch
  • Reduced range of motion

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The Arthritis Pain Management Plan was designed and written with the overall health and well-being of a person suffering from arthritis. The plan includes:

  • Diet and meal plan suggestion
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When Should You See a Doctor About Arthritis Symptoms?

It's important to realize that everybody experiences pain and stiffness in the joints every once and a while. As a result, you shouldn't be worried about every single body ache you experience. Instead, it's key to know when symptoms transform from everyday discomfort into something else.

If you're experiencing pain, stiffness and swelling around the joints (the hips, knees, shoulders, hands, etc.), consider if it has a reasonable explanation or origin. Perhaps you were engaging in physical activity, lifted something awkwardly or slept in a bad position. However, if the pain persists and does not seem to have an explanation, it's time to consult your doctor.

It's also important to judge the severity of the pain. If the pain is so bad that it affects your quality of life or daily routine, do not hesitate to see a doctor right away. The earlier arthritis is diagnosed, the better the condition can be treated and managed.

The Body Knows Best

Above all, it's important to pay attention to your body, as it will do the best job of telling you when it's time to consult a doctor. There is no harm in seeking out a professional medical opinion for any concerns you may have about joint pain, stiffness or swelling.

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Sources:

1. Arthritis Society. "Symptoms of Arthritis". https://arthritis.ca/about-arthritis/signs-of-arthritis

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