What are the Symptoms of Arthritis?
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Arthritis symptoms can vary
depending on what type of arthritis you have.
Arthritis can affect several part of the body and can be caused by
several different factors. Although
many of the arthritis symptoms may be similar, there are also some differences.
Here are a few examples of arthritis symptoms.
Ankylosing spondylitis is
arthritis of the joints in the spine. It
is also known as Marie-Strumpell disease and rheumatoid spondylitis.
This disorder affects multiple organs such as eyes, heart, lungs, skin,
and gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms
of this arthritis include: low back
and hip pain and stiffness; difficulty expanding the chest; pain in neck,
shoulders, knees, and ankles; low-grade fever; fatigue; weight loss.
Initial arthritis symptoms are uncommon after the age of 30, although
patient may not be diagnosed until after then.
Bursitis is another form of
arthritis. Bursitis usually affects
the hip, shoulder, and elbow. But
it can also affect the knee, heel, or base of big toe. Usually this affects athletes, golfers, baseball players, or
people who are out of shape and have poor posture. This arthritisí symptoms are pain and stiffness in the
joint. Arthritis symptoms become
worse when joint is used. The joint
may also be swollen and warm to the touch.
Juvenile arthritis symptoms
are similar to the adult symptoms. There
is pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. Symptoms can come and go.
Young children especially do not complain about their arthritis symptoms.
Parents may not notice until they see their child limping, avoiding
physical activity, or acting unusually clumsy.
Osteoarthritis is the most
common form in older people. It is
brought on partly by long-term everyday use.
Depending on which part of the body is affected, arthritis symptoms may
vary. Most people with
osteoarthritis in their fingers donít even know about it unless an x-ray
reveals deterioration in the cartilage. Arthritis
symptoms are standard with pain and swelling.
With osteoarthritis though, even though the arthritis never goes away,
the pain fades over time.
Gout is a form of arthritis
where the body has too much uric acid. The
symptoms of gout arthritis are intense pain in the joint (usually the big toe).
It may also become red, swollen, and warm to the touch.
At times, gout can occur in the wrists, ankles, and knees.
Arthritis symptoms may not come back for several years.
But if crystals formed by the uric acid are left untreated, it can
destroy part of the bone.
Rheumatoid arthritis is
caused by an overactive immune system. Arthritis
symptoms usually start out as minor stiffness and pain.
It may come and go, but eventually the arthritis systems get worse and
more frequent. Treatment for this
is most effective if caught within the first few months.
If you have some arthritis
symptoms, contact your doctor. Treatments
are always more effective if they are caught in the early stages.
You can also get more information on arthritis symptoms from the
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