Arthritis Symptoms 

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Most 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.


Common Arthritis Symptoms

Different types of arthritis can cause a wide range of symptoms.  

For Inflammatory Arthritis

  • Joints pain usually affects tips of fingers and toes with possible additional pain in the knees, elbows, hip, back, shoulders, feet, wrists and other locations of body
  • Inflammation, stiffness and lack of mobility in the joints
  • Feel hot when touched
  • Symmetrical pattern, affect both sides of the body simultaneously and almost equally
  • Possible swelling of the salivary glands or the tear glands
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss
  • Lumps under the skin
  • Attack can last for one day to several weeks, or even longer


For Non-Inflammatory Arthritis

  • Joint pain in the foot, knee, neck, hip, back, shoulders, hands and thumbs, or fingers
  • Unlike Inflammatory arthritis, joint pain can affect either side of the body with different degree of severity at the same time
  • Pain can be intensified by movement , weight bearing or when weather is humid
  • Pain can be alleviated by rest
  • Inflammation, stiffness, and pain in one or more part of your body
  • Pain and stiffness can be intermittent or with incremental pain along the time
  • Stiffness in the morning that disappear after a half hour of walking
  • Feel that your joint is crackling when you use it
  • Difficulty in movement

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.


8 Ways to Deal with Arthritis

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.

  • Exercise: It helps to reduce pain, tiredness by keeping body active and flexible.
  • Weight management: Weight loss helps to alleviate pain by reducing stress on your joints.
  • Healthy Diet: Maintain healthy and balanced diet can help to cope with arthritis symptoms. Certain foods are thought to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Supplements: Supplements coupled with healthy diet helps to nourish your body for optimum body function. There are many supplements available, each with their own advantages. The benefits of mangosteen supplement come from its anti-inflammatory property.
  • Joint Protection: Avoid using your weak and sore joints to carry heavy items.
  • Emotional: The emotional aspect on how arthritis affects you can be managed by communicating with your family members, doing meditation or joining your local arthritis support community.
  • Medication : Your doctor may prescribe drugs or medications to relieve your pain.
  • Surgery: In certain cases, surgery may be suggested when other treatment options have failed to alleviate the arthritis symptoms.

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Reference

Symptoms of Arthritis, available from symptomsofarthritis.com (Assessed May 9 2009)

Arthritis, available from arthritiscare.org.uk (Assessed May 9 2009)


Other Arthritis Resource

Arthritis Remedies from Amazon Rainforest Herbs
Herbal arthritis remedies from the Amazon rainforest are a great natural way to help with arthritis symptoms.


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