Thursday, February 6, 2014

Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Early Onset Arthritis

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Arthritis is a condition that is characterized by slow and minor symptoms. They normally come and go slowly on various joints of the body and from there it develops over a period of several months. However, it is not a universal thing when it comes with symptoms of this condition as they differ from person to person. This is normally a very painful condition that involves swelling and inflammation of body joints (normally where two joints meet). In fact there are many types of arthritis that affect human beings. Some of the common types of arthritis include Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic, Rheumatoid, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout and Lupus. For you to be able to tell the earlier symptoms of arthritis, you need to be able to know the type of arthritis that you are dealing with. This is because every type of arthritis has its own specific symptoms. The following are the top 5 symptoms of that you will experience when arthritis start to bite you.

1. Joint Pain

The most significant earlier symptom is joint pain. Depending on your type of arthritis, your joint pain will become more painful after doing some activities. The part of your joint pain will normally depend upon the type of your arthritis. For instance, gout will normally affect your ankles, feet, hands, wrists and knees. 

2. Joint Stiffness

This is also one of the earliest signs of arthritis. Stiffness is normally felt as the first thing when you wake up in the morning. As the day progresses, this stiffness will start to subside slowly by slowly until it disappears. Stiffness might result to other form of symptom which is limited range of locomotion. It is important to note that the length of time that stiffness will last normally depend on the type of arthritis you are suffering from. Generally, some types of arthritic stiffness will last for about 30 minutes while for other types it will last for over an hour.

3. Tenderness of Joints

This is another earlier indicator that you could be suffering from arthritis. Similarly, the body joint to be affected will also depend on the type of arthritis that is about to manifest. For instance, Osteoarthritis will normally produce pain in the spine, knee and the hands. 

4. Limited Range of Motion

You should be careful if you find that your range of motion has started to be limited for one or more of your joints as this can be one of the earlier signs of arthritis. This symptom may result into difficulties of doing some chores or may hinder you from doing certain activities. What you need to do is to check whether this will involve the bending or extension of a joint or both

5. Redness and Warmth

Swelling, redness and warmth around your joints is another sign that could be as result of arthritis. To be more precise, this particular type of symptom is a result of rheumatoid arthritis. This is a classic form of symptom mainly when the affected joints are those from the hands feet. But you can also expect other forms of arthritis to show this particular symptom; so do not assume this symptom.

The other forms of symptoms tat you might expect in the earlier stages of arthritis may include rashes, fever fatigue and weight loss among others. These symptoms will always vary depending on the type of arthritis that you are suffering from. This is due to the fact that arthritis is a condition that consists of over 100 types of it. It is therefore important for you to actually talk to your doctor for more advice as you might confuse between the various forms of arthritis. 

For better management of this condition of arthritis, you need not to ignore of these signs because the earlier you start medication the better for you. For those who will ignore these earlier signs, it could lead to their joints continued to be depleted and it will eventually lead them to being disabled. Other forms of joint inflammation that might be as a result of earlier signs of arthritis may include tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia and others. It is advisable for you to discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor as earlier as possible to avoid the likelihood of your condition becoming more dangerous.

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