What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition that affects the body’s connective tissues (muscles, cartilage and bones). People who suffer from this condition experience moderate to severe pain in their joints.
If you have arthritis, you may experience:
- Impaired movement- Difficulty with everyday tasks
- Difficulty with movement or other basic, physical functions.
Over 100 forms of arthritis affect more than 50 million diagnosed adults. While this condition can be very painful and inconvenient, it is treatable. There are means of relieving the suffering associated with most types of arthritis.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 1.5 million people in the USA are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Women are three times more likely to suffer from this condition than men. But, as men get older, they become more likely to contract rheumatoid arthritis.
Patients that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis have an imbalance that causes their body to attack its own immune system. This condition makes the body mistake cartilage, organ tissue, and joints for an unwanted disease.
Severe and/or irreparable joint damage is one of the worst consequences of rheumatoid arthritis. If left untreated, this chronic inflammatory disorder may result in tissue damage or complete organ failure.
You may be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis if you experience any of the following:
- Swelling of the joints and/or cartilage
- Stiffness of limbs and/or difficulty of movement
- Swelling and inflammation
- Joints feeling overly sensitive or uncharacteristically warm
The amount of pain a person feels from rheumatoid arthritis varies. One day the symptoms may feel non-existent. The next day, the arthritis could be so painful that the sufferer can’t move.
When symptoms of arthritis increase at a rapid rate, the resulting episode is referred to as “flaring.” If arthritic symptoms suddenly “flare up,” the patient may find themselves suffering from the effects for several days or even months.
Symptoms of Arthritis – What You Should Look For
The best defense against arthritis is an early diagnosis. What starts as mild joint stiffness or pain in your muscles could develop into a serious auto immune disorder.
If you think you’re at risk for arthritis, here are some common signs to be on the lookout for:
- Pain or stiffness in the joints. Pain or stiffness in the joints can occur on a regular basis or as the result of physical exertion. Symptoms such as this need to be monitored on a regular basis because they may worsen as a person gets older.
- Unjustified pain in joints. Experiencing pain, stiffness, or discomfort without cause may be a sign of oncoming arthritis.
- Grinding sounds or uncomfortable feeling when moving. This may occur during regular range of motion or other physical activity. If you hear any cracking in your bones or joints, discomfort, or inexplicable tingling sensations, consult your doctor.
- Sensitivity to weather or during certain times of the day. People with arthritic joints often feel pain when there are changes in the weather. They may also experience morning stiffness in their joints or discomfort when trying to rest.
- Pain increases after too much activity or no activity at all. Symptoms of arthritis are often exacerbated by extended periods of activity or rest. If you overuse a particular part of your body, for instance, during a sports match, then your joints may become irritated. If you spend all day resting and not moving much, your joints may tense up.
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