The symptoms of Arthritis include:
in one or more joints.
- Early morning stiffness for more than a few minutes.
- Recurring pain or tenderness in a joint, or inability to move it
- Obvious redness or warmth in a joint.
- Unexpected weight loss, fever or weakness combined with joint pain
can affect other parts of the body. Arthitis causes pain, loss of movement and
sometimes swelling. Some types of arthritis are:
- Osteoarthritis - a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that covers the ends of
bones in the joint deteriorates, causing pain and loss of movement as bone
begins to rub against bone. It is the most prevalent form of arthritis.
- Rheumatoid arthritis - an autoimmune disease in which the joint lining becomes inflamed
as part of the body's immune system activity. Rheumatoid arthritis is one
of the most serious and disabling types, affecting mostly women.
- Gout - which
affects mostly men. It is usually the result of a defect in body chemistry.
This painful condition most often attacks small joints, especially the big
toe. Fortunately, gout almost always can be completely controlled with
medication and changes in diet.
- Ankylosing spondylitis - a type of arthritis that affects the spine. As a result of
inflammation, the bones of the spine grow together.
- Juvenile arthritis - a general term for all types of arthritis that occur in children.
Children may develop juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or childhood forms of
lupus, ankylosing spondylitis or other types of arthritis.
- Systemic lupus
erythematosus (lupus) - a serious disorder that can inflame and damage joints
and other connective tissues throughout the body.
- Scleroderma - a
disease of the body's connective tissue that causes a thickening and
hardening of the skin.
- Fibromyalgia - in which widespread pain affects the muscles and attachments to the bone. It
affects mostly women.
You may need to select appropriate mobility
aids and bath
safety tools to help with your daily living if you suffer from arthritis.