The most unusual and often neglected symptoms of arthritis
You may have arthritis, but you may not know, check for these 7 surprising symptoms of arthritis that can help predict the disease at very early stage.
Sore or achy joints are considered the clear indicators of arthritis, but the pain is not the only symptoms of arthritis. According to Kevin Shea, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at St. Luke’ Health System in Boise, “lots of people notice other symptoms before they ever have pain.”
She adds, there are different types of arthritis and symptoms in every patient may differ from the other one.
So, what are these non-painful, most unusual symptoms of arthritis?
Swelling in joints:
Swelling is an early sign of arthritis, compare your left knee or wrist with the right one. If one looks puffier than the other one (assuming you did not injure or sprain the joint in consideration) that swelling could be the sign of arthritis. Sometimes, people notice the swelling more towards the end of the day, while some people feel joint stiffness along with swelling.
Grinding or catching:
If your knees or wrist ever feels like its tendons are ‘catching’ on one another, consider it an early symptom of arthritis. Sometimes a patient feels catching or grinding first which is followed by joint pain.
Tiredness and fatigue:
In the case of rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which body’s immune system attacks your joint and cause inflammation both systemic (throughout your body) or acute (in or around your joint). Systemic inflammation is linked to rheumatoid arthritis, and it can leave the patient wiped out or fatigues.
When you try to straighten, or bend the joint, and it feels tight or full. It also may be hard to move to one side. This kind of stiffness could strike at any time and gets worsen during early hours of the day. Lots of people suffer from joint stiffness before they are diagnosed with arthritis.
Skin rashes or redness:
Some people notice redness or irritation on their joint – even if they aren’t hurting. This type of arthritis is called “psoriatic arthritis, ” and it can cause flak, red or scaly skin issues.
Loss of appetite or fever:
These are two symptoms that are linked directly to systemic inflammation that stems from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) because its sufferers tend to experience periodic inflammation and sudden “flare-ups.” These symptoms may become high at one time and get unnoticed at the other time.
Why should you keep an eye on these surprising symptoms of arthritis? An early diagnose help the doctor to slow the progression of the disease. The doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory drugs or lifestyle changes that can protect your joints from the severe damage.