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people experience aches and pains at some point in their lives,
but they're generally not signs of any underlying condition. The signs of arthritis vary from one to another dependant on the type of arthritis. The most common ones are pain, swelling and stiffness. Others may include fatigue, fever, rashes, lumps under the skin and flu. In some cases, it can limit the body movement.
How many types of arthritis are there?
There are more than 100 types (some resources quote that there are about 200 types) of arthritis which can be simplified into 2 major categories:
Each has its own characteristic. If you do not know the difference of inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritis, you may want to learn more here. Majority of the causes of arthritis is unknown.
Different types of arthritis can cause a wide range of symptoms.
For Inflammatory Arthritis
For Non-Inflammatory Arthritis
How Can You Find Out if You Have Arthritis?
It’s common to experience aches and pains in your muscles and joints from time to time, particularly if you take part in strenuous physical activities. However, only a physician or doctor can determine if you have arthritis and what type it is. It is diagnosed based on the overall symptoms like where your pain located and how long it lasts, medical history like whether you injured before or anyone in your family has arthritis, physical exam, x-rays, imaging test like MRI and lab tests.
So how can you distinguish the early signs of arthritis from ‘normal’ pain and stiffness?
The earlier you get diagnosed the better, so seek advice from your doctor if any of the following apply to you: The pain or your joint has become swollen and it isn't linked to an injury for longer than a week. You also have fever and cannot perform the tasks that you normally do due to the joint pain.
There is no known cure for arthritis. However, you can follow the simple steps to relieve the arthritis symptoms by changing some daily habits in your current lifestyle.
Symptoms of Arthritis, available from symptomsofarthritis.com (Assessed May 9 2009)
Arthritis, available from arthritiscare.org.uk (Assessed May 9 2009)
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