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Common Symptoms of Arthritis

Posted on: September 23, 2008

There are many forms of arthritis, but osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two of the most common. Joint pain and escalating stiffness, not including swelling, chills, or fever, in daily activities could be a sign of the progressive onset of osteoarthritis


  • deep, aching pain in a joint
  • difficulty dressing or combing hair
  • difficulty gripping objects
  • difficulty sitting or bending over
  • fatigue
  • joint may be warm to touch
  • morning stiffness for more than an hour
  • pain when walking
  • stiffness after resting
  • swelling of joint


Osteoarthritis is also called degenerative joint disease and degenerative arthritis. It is a result of wear and tear on joints, usually the joints that bear the most weight or receive the most abuse from sports or labor. The most common joint condition, osteoarthritis affects approximately 33 million Americans.


Painful swelling, and inflammation are common signs of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Also stiffness in the arms, legs, fingers and wrists occurring in the same joints on both sides of the body, especially upon awakening may be a sign of RA. Loss of appetite and fever can also be signs of RA. RA is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system attacks the body. In time, joint damage and deformities occur as a result of chronic inflammation. 2 million Americans are affected by RA, mostly women.


Many arthritis symptoms are very similar throughout all types of arthritis. In fact, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. If you think you have arthritis, and are seeking arthritis relief, treatment is crucial. WebMD, and are great resources for reviewing your symptoms, but you should consult a doctor (of course) if you are concerned about your health.


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