FAQs About Arthritis Symptoms
What Are Symptoms of Arthritis?
The most common symptoms of inflammatory arthritis are pain and inflammation of the joints and eventual stiffening or reduction in movement. Because there are so many different types of arthritis, the pain may manifest in a variety of ways. It could include back pain, musculoskeletal pain or heightened sense of pain in general.
Does the Pain and Inflammation Ever Go Away?
This depends largely on the type of arthritis you have. Some types of arthritis come and go. You might go to sleep without any symptoms and wake up in intense pain. This is known as a flare up. Arthritis may also come on suddenly while you’re awake – you could be fine one moment and suddenly in pain the next. Much depends on if you are undergoing treatment, your personal risk factors and location of the flare up.
How Do Doctors Diagnose Arthritis?
Some types of arthritis are linked to genetics, and doctors may be able to perform a test to see if you carry a specific gene. However, just because you carry an arthritic gene doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop symptoms. Arthritis is usually diagnosed by examining the pattern of symptoms as well as a variety of tests and examination of medical and family history.
What Factors Affect the Risk of Developing Arthritis Symptoms?
Some of the risk factors include being female, being 45 years or older, having a family history of arthritis, and being of African descent. There are also risk factors which the individual is in more control of, known as modifiable factors: weight, repetitive motion, joint injuries and exposure to certain infectious diseases.