In US alone nearly 23% of women have to face arthritis as they age. Painful joints is the most commonly associated symptom associated with the onset of arthritis but there are many more symptoms one should be aware of.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related diseases ranging from osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to fibromyalgia and gout. Like many other disease a single experience or set of symptoms cannot be generalized over all patients as individuals face the disease in different ways. Many patients experience different symptoms even before the onset of joint pain. According to Kevin Shea an orthopedic expert at St. Lukes Health System in Boise, “people notice other things showing up before they ever have pain.”
Being on a look out for these symptoms can prove to be beneficial for affected individuals. For starters early detection and proper treatment can help patients delay the onset and progress of the disease. Moreover doctors can administer anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce pain and swelling in patients. Lifestyle and dietary changes can be adapted by the patient to keep healthy and active for a longer time.
Following is the list of early indicators one should be aware of to catch arthritis early:
1. Skin Rashes
Sometimes a flare up may be accompanied by rashes on the skin. This redness is also common in another type of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis.