Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis
Symptoms of arthritis include pain and restricted movement of
joints. To start with, it may be slow pain and the patient may experience
difficulty in climbing stairs or lifting weights. Inflammation of the joints
from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and
warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present.
beginning, pain may just appear and then disappear with some pain killers or
even without treatment, just by a little rest. Sometime it may disappear for
months together and then reappear. There may be numbness and stiffness of
the joints and while walking there may be a cracking sound from the joints.
Often the joints become swollen and inflamed. Pain can be mild or very
acute. In the first stage, it appears mostly at night or in the morning. It
generally gets aggravated if the patient is exposed to cold, wind or rain,
especially in winter.
Many of the forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic diseases, can
cause symptoms affecting various organs of the body that do not directly
involve the joints. Therefore, symptoms in some patients with certain forms
of arthritis can also include fever, gland swelling (lymph node), fatigue,
feeling unwell, weight loss and even symptoms from abnormalities of organs
such as the lungs, heart, or kidneys.
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