Arthritis Warning Signs You Need to Know
Arthritis can strike at any time, though it most typically affects people over the age of 60. There are
many forms of arthritis, and while there aren't cures for this condition, there are effective treatments
that are best begun at the early stages of the disease. If you notice any of these common arthritis
warning signs or symptoms, you should make an appointment to meet with your doctor so you can be
evaluated for possible arthritis.
Sign 1: Knee Joint Pain
While many people, especially those who are overweight, have occasional aches or pains in their
knees, osteoarthritis often occurs in the knee joints. If you experience pain when you go up or down
stairs, or any time you bend your knees, this can be a warning sign of osteoarthritis.
Sign 2: Pain In Your Big Toes
Gout is a form of arthritis that often results in a sudden stab of pain in a person's big toe. This pain is
often described as being incredibly intense, somewhere close to having a kidney stone. However,
some people do not experience the sudden onset of pain and instead experience a slow increase of
pain in the big toe that later fades, only to reappear periodically.
Sign 3: Persistent Flu
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that can often have symptoms that mimic the flu or cold. If
you experience ongoing fatigue, tiredness, weight loss, loss of appetite, or dry eyes, all of these can
indicate the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. These mild symptoms can easily be mistaken for flu and
cold symptoms, but when they are also accompanied by joint stiffness and pain they are usually
indicators of rheumatoid arthritis.
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