Symptoms of Arthritis

Even though there is no known cure for arthritis, there are a number of treatments available that can help reduce joint pain and also reduce the risk of a serious disability occurring. This is one reason that it is very important for those who are at risk for developing arthritis to recognize the symptoms of arthritis and speak with a doctor.

There are actually over a hundred different types of arthritis, but they share a number of similar symptoms.

Some Common Symptoms of Arthritis

  • Stiffness of the joints. Sometimes joint stiffness will occur in the morning and may go away after a few minutes.
  • Swelling of the Joints
  • Joint Pain, which recurs or is always present.
  • Limited movement or Difficulty using a Joint, which is sometimes an unconscious protective measure to prevent pain.
  • Redness around the joints
  • Warmth Around the Joints

While these are some of the more common symptoms of arthritis, there are a number of other symptoms that can occur.

Other Symptoms of Arthritis

In some serious cases, especially those that have been untreated, a joint deformity could develop. It is also not uncommon for a crackling noise to be heard when moving. This crackling noise is referred to as Crepitus. Fever, sudden weight loss for no apparent reason, severe fatigue, and weakness can also occur.

In some, a general and hard to describe feeling of discomfort could also occur, which is referred to as malaise.

How Fast do Symptoms of Arthritis Develop?

It is not uncommon for the symptoms of arthritis to develop very rapidly, however they can also develop slowly over time. Typically, while the way arthritis effects an individual is similar, no two cases are identical, both in the way they manifest themselves and also the way the effect the body.

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