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Signs of Arthritis

Symptoms of Arthritis

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Arthritis may include:

Note that Arthritis symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Arthritis signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Arthritis:

Do I have Arthritis: NIAMS (Excerpt)

Pain is the way your body tells you that something is wrong. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain in your joints. You might have trouble moving around. Some kinds of arthritis can affect different parts of your body. So, along with the arthritis, you may:

  • Have a fever.

  • Lose weight.

  • Have trouble breathing.

  • Get a rash or itch.

These symptoms may also be signs of other illnesses. (Source: excerpt from Do I have Arthritis: NIAMS)

Questions and Answers About Knee Problems: NIAMS (Excerpt)

Someone who has arthritis of the knee may experience pain, swelling, and a decrease in knee motion. A common symptom is morning stiffness that lessens as the person moves around. Sometimes the joint locks or clicks when the knee is bent and straightened, but these signs may occur in other knee disorders as well. The doctor may confirm the diagnosis by performing a physical examination and examining x rays, which typically show a loss of joint space. Blood tests may be helpful for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis, but other tests may be needed too. Analyzing fluid from the knee joint may be helpful in diagnosing some kinds of arthritis. The doctor may use arthroscopy to directly see damage to cartilage, tendons, and ligaments and to confirm a diagnosis, but arthroscopy is usually done only if a repair procedure is to be performed. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Knee Problems: NIAMS)

Questions and Answers About Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases: NIAMS (Excerpt)

Common Symptoms of Arthritis

  • Swelling in one or more joints
  • Stiffness around the joints that lasts for at least 1 hour in the early morning
  • Constant or recurring pain or tenderness in a joint
  • Difficulty using or moving a joint normally
  • Warmth and redness in a joint
(Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases: NIAMS)

Arthritis Advice -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Arthritis causes pain and loss of movement. It can affect joints in any part of the body. Arthritis is usually chronic, meaning it can occur over a long period of time. The more serious forms can cause swelling, warmth, redness, and pain. The three most common kinds of arthritis in older people are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. (Source: excerpt from Arthritis Advice -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Arthritis Advice -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Common Warning Signs of Arthritis

  • Swelling in one or more joint(s)
  • Morning stiffness lasting 30 minutes or longer
  • Joint pain or tenderness that is constant or that comes and goes
  • Not being able to move a joint in the normal way
  • Redness or warmth in a joint
  • Weight loss, fever, or weakness and joint pain that canít be explained
(Source: excerpt from Arthritis Advice -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

More Symptoms of Arthritis:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Arthritis article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

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What are the signs of Arthritis?

The phrase "signs of Arthritis" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Arthritis that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Arthritis" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Arthritis.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Arthritis. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Arthritis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Arthritis signs or Arthritis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Arthritis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Arthritis symptoms.


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