Detecting Arthritis At An Early Stage

Detecting Arthritis At An Early Stage

About 1 in 5 adults have some form of arthritis. It can happen to anyone, but it becomes more common as you age.

9 Early Signs of Arthritis

Drowsiness

It significantly affects the quality of life for people with many forms of arthritis-related diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. Your lack of energy may be caused by your inflammatory disease and other health conditions you have, as well as medications side effects and lifestyle habits. 

Numbness

Bony spurs that form along the arthritic spine can irritate spinal nerves, causing severe pain, numbness, and tingling of the affected parts of the body. Bony spurs can form in other joints such as the wrist or ankle leading to localized numbness. These spurs combined with inflammation means that arthritis related diseases are common causes for secondary conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Morning Stiffness

Morning Stiffness is often an early sign of arthritis. You cannot reverse the effects of joint aging, and while certain medications can help manage arthritis pain and inflammation, stiffness can still occur. Still, you can reduce the severity and frequency of morning joint stiffness by being more active and engaging in exercise to increase muscle strength and flexibility.

Joint Ache

Joint pain may range from a mild ache to a severe, burning, or sharp sensation in one or several joints. In some instances, joint pain is associated with other symptoms, like joint swelling and stiffness, red and warm skin, and whole-body symptoms like fatigue, weight loss, or fever.

Joint Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s normal immune response to an injury, infection, or irritant. Allergies, wounds, and diseases can all cause inflammation. The most common causes of joint inflammation are injuries and inflammatory arthritis. Pain and inflammation resulting from injuries usually resolve, but inflammatory arthritis is a chronic condition that may get worse with time.

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