Early Symptoms of Arthritis, 100 Different Diseases

Author: Steve A Madigan

The Meaning of Arthritis

Joint inflammation is what arthritis means. Arthritis encompasses a wide variety of diseases and is not a single disease.

There are more than 100 rheumatic diseases and other conditions, that can cause pain, stiffness in the body and also swelling of the joints.

When one of these conditions damages the joints of the body this is when it is referred to as arthritis. Arthritis effect and disables our seniors and people 65 and older. There are many different forms of arthritis and they each have there own cause.

What do they have in common, 100 different diseases

We have a hundred different forms of arthritis, so what is common with all of them? The answer to this question is without a doubt pain. The arthritis pain will be different among all of the individuals suffering from arthritis, and the location of the pain will also be different.

Some symptoms of arthritis to warn you of possible problems

Swelling of your joints and stiffness are some of the signs and symptoms that you may be suffering from arthritis.

Are you feeling stiffness and swelling in one or more of your joints and have you been feeling this for a couple weeks or more? If you answered yes to the above then you need to visit your physician and have these warning signs diagnosed and treated.

Listing all the different types of arthritis would become quite extensive and I am not about to do that here. I will do another article explaining them, but for now here is a list of some of the most common types and the symptoms that are associated with each type of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis – what you will find is that the pain is worse at night or after rest. Osteo arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that results from wear and tear. Some of the symptoms of this are:

pain tenderness swelling decreased function

The onset of osteo arthritis is very subtle and gradual, usually involving one or only a few joints. Some of the joints most affected by this are:

knees hips hands spine

Rheumatoid – pain is felt in the morning. Sometimes in the elderly and children the pain may not be as pronounced, but some limbs may not want to function.

When you are suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis you are suffering from an auto immune disease. What is happening is the body is attacking itself. This can be a chronic and a disabling problem and can cause the following:

stiffness joint pain swelling loss of joint function

The cause of rheumatoid arthritis remains elusive. Doctors believe that there could be something genetic involved with this. Rheumatoid arthritis in the beginning stages can be difficult to diagnose because again this is gradual and has subtle symptoms.

There are many different types of arthritis and I am going to list some of them now. There is rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, gout and pseudogout, septic, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and many more.

The advances in medicine today have made treating the different types of arthritis many. You can use medicine prescribed by your doctor or even over the counter drugs and also arthroplasty and this is only a couple of ways to treat arthritis symptoms.

When joint pain is so severe that there may come a time when prosthetic joint replacement may become necessary. The people who have had this done are very satisfied with the results.

Arthritis has been around a long time. The first traces of arthritis dates back to 4500 B.C.

Dinosaurs have even had evidence to have had ankle osteoarthritis. The skeletal remains of Native Americans of Tennessee were noticed to have arthritis.

As time and technology advances may be in the future there will be a cure for arthritis. But only time will tell. Right now we try to treat the symptoms of pain and stiffness the best that we can.

There are other treatments besides the couple listed above and I will talk about them in another article.

Today many people struggle because of some form of arthritis, so learn of some Arthritis Prevention Tips now and you can also discover how some of the Celebrities with Rheumatoid Arthritis get by.

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Today many people struggle because of some form of arthritis, so learn of some Arthritis Prevention Tips now and you can also discover how some of the Celebrities with Rheumatoid Arthritis get by.

9 thoughts on “Early Signs Of Lupus

  1. la_diablita_1999

    Who can tell me about Lupus?
    What are some of early signs of Lupus? Can Lupus occur in people that have no history of it in their family?

    1. Diane T

      My sister has lupus. There was no history if it in the family, and the doctor told me that I am no more likely to have it than the general population. It is an autoimmune disease which occurs more frequently in women than men, and it is usually diagnosed during childbearing years. Generally speaking the earlier the diagnosis – the more likely for it to be a severe case. Please be careful and don’t ignore the signs!!! It started with arthritis like symptoms in my sister’s case. She was diagnosed at 16 and by 17 she had full-blown lupus. She lost her kidneys and had damage to her heart, lungs, spleen, brain, etc. She is on her second kidney transplant and is doing well now, but we were not sure that she was going to make it to her 18th birthday.

  2. fibromom

    Can an X-Ray show early signs of Avascular Necrosis?
    I went to a Chiropractor for neck and back pain and when he showed me my X-Ray he poninted out these faint little curvy lines in my hip and shoulder bones. He said he wanted to get a radiologist to look at it because people with Lupus sometimes get a problem with their bones. He wouldn’t elaborate so I got online and now I’m woried that it could be AVN.

    I’ve got Fibromyalgia and Discoid Lupus and I took 15 mg of hydrocotizone daily for about 3 months and then 5 mg for about another 9 mos for adrenal fatigue.

    I know early stage AVN isn’t usually spotted with X-Ray, but is it possible?

    1. reifguy

      avascular necrosis can be seen in head of femur mostly,early radiological signs are not much obvious ,mri and ct.scan are better imaging for early detection,a radio isotope scam also is helpful

  3. Karen W

    Could this be Lupus?
    My 15 yr old daughter has swollen ankles and knees, I took her to the doc diagnosis was a reaction to ant bites (aprox. 8 on both legs, she scratched so the were scabbed) the doc prescribed an antibiotic it has been 6 days and the swelling did not go away. I thought maybe arthritis but everyone says there would be discoloration, she has some pain but not severe and the pain minimized after taking antibiotics. However, the swelling remained and is not improving, and there seems to be slight fever. Could this be early signs of lupus? There are family with Lupus but test are very expensive. Help

    1. mistressspoiled2003

      I am a 20 year survivor of SLE. I also have reactions to insect bites especially bee stings. This is something common my children are the same way even though they do not have lupus, it is often an reaction to the insect bites not enough criteria for Lupus. Check out lupus clinical research in your area, my children were tested for free as part of research that determines if others in immediate family have it also.

  4. Lelani

    How do you tell a friend your sick?
    I’ve been battling a mystery illness off and on for about a year and a half. The Drs think it’s an early sign of MS or Lupus or some other autoimmune disease.

    Recently I people have been noticing I have been “down in the dumps” but I’m not really…I’m just in pain and don’t feel well although I am happy on the inside. How do I tell this to a friend? What other people should I tell this to? (I’m in college)

    I don’t like people worrying about me or feeling sorry for me….

    1. Mosie

      Just say exactly what you have said here that your kinda tired and ur being investigated but you have no idea what it is…at the end of the say its ur business nobody elses!

      Hope u get sorted!

  5. f

    questions about lupus / ANA please anwser if you can?

    my first ANA in oct. was 1:160 also liver functions came up abnormal like sgot/ast 134 sgot/alt 219

    and they reran the test less than a month later and came back 1:80 rhemy said it was neg ( the paper said low positive/borderline ) (also ran sed rate crp and came neg)

    i been having a lot of symptoms ranging from full body joint and muscle pain (entire body )
    insomnia fatiuge sleep paralysis
    forget fullness/daze
    itchy all over no rash
    dry eyes/mouth
    urinating a lot
    restless legs
    mouth /nose bumps/sores
    anxiety depression irritability
    possible butterly rash very light (could be somthing else )
    and more symptoms

    they’ve been going on for about 4 months could this be early signs ?

    could this still be lupus or maybe another autoimmune problem even though rhemy doesn’t think i have it ? can ANA fluctuate like that ?

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