Rather than referring to just one disease, the term arthritis actually applies to a fairly large grouping of disorders which have an impact on the body’s joints. People who’ve arthritis often complain of pain, tenderness, and swelling in specific joints. Depending upon what triggers the joint inflammation, which joints are affected, and other major symptoms, doctors are able to identify which specific type of arthritis you may have. Some types of arthritis are far more common than others.
4 types of arthritis are the most common out among the many dozens of arthritis related diseases. According to the United States government Centers for Disease Control, the main types of arthritis and arthritis related conditions are osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and gout.
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The single most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This disorder of the joints tends to affect people who’ve either lived many years, or who’ve had their joints damaged through injury (such as from sports) or trauma (such as from a car crash). When you hear of a person who has needed knee surgery due to arthritis, or having a bone-on-bone condition, they most probably have osteoarthritis. This condition affects tens of millions of people worldwide. Many of the body’s joints that experience wear and tear can suffer inflammation from this disorder, including: knees, spine, ankles, hands, and hips. People with osteoarthritis often have 15 to 30 minutes of stiffness in certain joints after waking up in the morning, or after sitting for a very long time.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that happens once a person’s immune system becomes hyperactive, and starts attacking joint tissue in the same way that it attacks germs. The medical community doesn’t know the exact cause of RA. Wrist swelling and pain are often one of the earliest signs of this disease. Other joints that can be affected are the elbows, knuckles, ankles, knees and neck. People with RA may also experience fatigue, loss, and fever of energy. There is likewise a type of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis that affects children.
Arthritis is a progressive degeneration of joints and cartilages that causes pain and other symptoms which can be quite bothersome and could hinder our daily activities. It is often caused by the progressive wearing out and repetitive use of joints which often results into friction of bones and swelling due to decreased lubricity. Other factors that could precipitate the condition are salty diet, obesity, family history of arthritis, hormonal imbalances, rheumatoid problems, cigaret smoking, and alcohol abuse.
Gout is caused by concentrations of uric acid in the blood that are so high that they began to form tiny uric acid crystals in certain joints. Over time, these crystals can harm the joints, causing pain, swelling, and tenderness. The big toe is often the first place where people notice gout. You have a greater chance of getting gout if you eat a great deal of red meat, drink alcohol often, or are overweight.
Although Fibromyalgia isn’t a true form of arthritis, it is now considered to be an arthritis related condition that affects many millions of people worldwide. Main symptoms of this disorder include morning stiffness and inflammation. The exact cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown. People with Fibromyalgia may also experience sleep disturbances, muscle pain, depression, digestive problems, fatigue, sensitivities, and headaches to medications.
Speak with your health care professional if you believe yourself to be suffering from a joint disease or arthritis pain.
FAQ’s: Joint pain??I'VE BEEN EXPERIENCING JOINT PAIN FOR ABOUT A WEEK NOW. IT'S IN PRETTY MUCH ALL OF MY JOINTS(shoulders, back, fingers, wrists, neck, knees, and hips) I'M ONLY 21. HAVE NO HISTORY OF ARTHRITIS. WHAT COULD BE CAUSING THIS?
21 is not too young to have arihritis. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 17. I'm going to send you some sites so you can see if it could be arthritis. There are of course other things to consider. Do you feel sick at all? It's cold & the older U get the more cold hurts us. See below for more info. http://www.EverydayHealth.com http://www.AllArthritisTreatments.com http://OneMedical.org http://www.arthritis-101.com http://www.arthritis-symptom.com/ http://www.arthritis.about.com/cs/arthgen/ht/arthritissigns.htm http://www.rheumatoidarthritis.realage.com/ http://www.allaboutarthritis.com http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000431.htm All sites coantain symtoms. I hope this helps you & U get to feeling better
If you're in pain, call a doctor. I've had arthritis since I was 15. I also had sudden onset. All of the sudden my joint hurt terribly (with no history of arthritis) one day and after a series of tests and doctor's appointments, they pegged it down as rheumatoid arthritis. I've heard that people are more likely to develop it starting in their 20s.
Pain in the joints could be due to various reasons. Some of the most common reasons are injuries,bursitis,muscle pains,arthritis,overexertion or other diseases.More info on joint pain is available at http://www.aches.in/jointpain.html