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Arthritis Signs and Symptoms

Joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and inflammation are among the warning signs and early symptoms of arthritis.
  1. A - Z: Arthritis Diagnosis
  2. A - Z: Arthritis Symptoms
  3. A - Z: Joint Pain
  4. A - Z: Types of Arthritis

Warm or Hot Joint - What Could Be the Cause?
A warm joint can be associated with several conditions, some very serious. A proper diagnosis is essential.

Anemia and Arthritis
Anemia is not uncommon in people with inflammatory types of arthritis.

What to Do if You Suspect Arthritis
Don't ignore symptoms that persist and may be related to arthritis. If you suspect arthritis, here is what you should do.

How Do You Tame an Arthritis Flare
When arthritis symptoms worsen, especially suddenly, the flare can be painful and disruptive. It's important to bring the arthritis flare under control as soon as possible.

Tips for Dealing With Morning Stiffness
Morning stiffness is a common characteristic associated with arthritis. But knowing that about morning stiffness doesn't make it any easier to start your day. Here are some tips to help you deal with morning stiffness.

Does Morning Stiffness Slow You Down
Morning stiffness is a common symptom associated with arthritis. Are you affected by morning stiffness?

What Is Pannus?
Pannus is thickened synovial tissue.

Physical Limitations - A Consequence of Arthritis
Physical limitations are a consequence of arthritis pain and other symptoms. Joint pain, swelling, stiffness and deformities can interfere with your ability to perform usual daily living activites, as well as leisure and work activities. Specifically, what physical limitations are related to arthritis?

Differentiating Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most common types of arthritis. While about 2.1 million people have rheumatoid arthritis, nearly 10 times as many have osteoarthritis. Learn how to differentiate rheumatoid arthritis from osteoarthritis.

Women Are More Affected by Arthritis Than Men
Arthritis affects women more than men. This is true for many -- but not all -- types of arthritis. After decades of being on the decline, the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis is rising among women as well. Why are women more affected by arthritis?

Don't Ignore Arthritis Warning Signs
Pay attention to initial signs and symptoms of arthritis.

Just Normal Aches and Pains -- or Arthritis?
Just about everyone has occasional aches and pains. What if those aches and pains persist? Could it be arthritis?

What Causes Joint Stiffness?
Joint stiffness can be one of the earliest symptoms of arthritis, a sign that you should see a doctor for a thorough physical examination and diagnostic tests. What causes joint stiffness?

What is Pericardial Effusion?
Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are two examples of arthritic conditions that may have systemic effects that affect the whole body. Pericardial effusion is one of the possible systemic effects -- it means there is excess fluid in the sac around the heart.

What Is Malaise?
Malaise is a symptom that is associated with many chronic diseases, including arthritis.

Recognizing Early Arthritis Symptoms
Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. Recognizing early symptoms is important.

What Is Synovitis?
Synovitis is inflammation in the lining of a joint which can cause swelling, redness, and warmth.

What is Enthesitis?
Entheses are sites of tendinous or ligamentous attachments to the bone. Enthesitis indicates inflammation at the sites.

What Are Osteophytes (Bone Spurs)?
Osteophytes, or bone spurs, develop in joints damaged by arthritis.

What Is Degenerative Arthritis?
Degenerative arthritis, also called osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis.

Arthritis Screening Quiz
Have you had persistent joint pain and you don't know the cause? Do you think it may be arthritis? Have you discounted the possibility of it being arthritis because you think arthritis is just an old-person's disease? Take the Arthritis Screening Quiz.

How to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis
Pay attention to early signs and symptoms of arthritis.

What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the body's normal defense but high levels of inflammation can be associated with some diseases.

"I Think I Have Arthritis. Now What?"
When the first signs and symptoms of arthritis appear, it can be confusing.

Hoarseness - Voice Change - Rheumatoid Arthritis
Hoarseness or voice change can be related to arthritis.

Hearing Loss - Can Arthritis Cause Hearing Loss?
Some people with arthritis complain of ear problems or hearing loss. Is there a connection between arthritis and hearing loss?

Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis is also known as "wear-and-tear" arthritis. It is typically seen as a primary disease in older people but can occur as a secondary condition in younger people. Injury, occupation, excess weight, and genetics are among the factors which cause the cartilage of a joint to wear away. Take our Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz.

Lupus Screening Quiz
People with lupus produce abnormal antibodies in their blood which target tissues within their own body. Lupus is one of the autoimmune diseases. The chronic inflammation which is associated with this condition can affect the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, joints, and nervous system.

Fibromyalgia Screening Quiz
Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose. Combinations of symptoms can occur which overlap with other autoimmune diseases. There are symptoms which are considered "defining" of fibromyalgia. There are also symptoms considered "non-defining" but they often occur as part of fibromyalgia syndrome. Take our Fibromyalgia Screening Quiz.

What Is Joint Effusion?
Joint effusion, a symptom of arthritis, is related to the abnormal build-up of joint fluid.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Screening Quiz
Early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and early, aggressive treatment can help prevent joint damage and deformity. A combination of diagnostic tests, physical examination, and x-ray evidence confirms the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Take our screening quiz and if you suspect rheumatoid arthritis, consult a rheumatologist.

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