Arthritis Information

Health condition

Individuals with arthritis experience pain, fatigue and other symptoms that can affect the way they live their lives. Arthritis causes pain, warmth, redness or swelling in these areas. Rheumatic diseases usually affect joints, tendons, ligaments, bone and muscles, but some can also affect internal organs. By impairing just one joint, it can change the daily activities of a person in an effort to reduce further damage or to lessen the pain. People may not be able to attend to their usual activities, which can affect the overall well-being of a person. For these reasons, it is important to diagnose and treat arthritis early.

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, therefore symptoms differ for each type. These are some more commons symptoms of arthritis:

· Swelling in one or more joints
· Stiffness around the joints that lasts for at least 1 hour in the early morning
· Constant or recurring pain or tenderness in a joint
· Difficulty using or moving a joint normally
· Warmth and redness in a joint

Pain is the way your body tells you that something is wrong. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain in your joints. You might have trouble moving around. Some kinds of arthritis can affect different parts of your body. So, along with the arthritis, you may:

· Have a fever
· Lose weight
· Have trouble breathing
· Get a rash or itch

These symptoms may also be signs of other illnesses.

Arthritis can strike at any age. It hurts the joints, where two bones meet. It damages the joints and makes them stiff and painful. Sometimes it's so bad it can cripple a person.

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