Arthritis doesn’t only affect older individuals. In fact, half of those who are diagnosed with some kind of arthritis are younger than age 65, Caring.com reported
. Early warning signs can be a key to easing joint pain regardless of age.
"Early is better with arthritis diagnosis," Arthritis Foundation Vice President Patience White told the website.
Becoming aware of the presence of arthritis can minimize joint deformities, and early treatment can put the disease into remission, according to Caring.com.
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Here are some early symptoms of arthritis onset:
1. Morning Stiffness
Those who feel stiff in the morning for an extended period of time (more than 30 minutes after moving around) may be experiencing the beginnings of rheumatoid arthritis.
“People affected say they feel encased, like prisoners, and the feeling of being unable to move can be even more burdensome than the actual pain,” Chaim Putterman, chief of rheumatology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, told Caring.com.
2. Pain When Climbing Stairs
If bending the knee causes a lightning strike of pain or the knee seems to lock, this could indicate osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, White said. Those who are overweight are most susceptible to this type of pain with 60 percent of obese individuals suffering from arthritis in the knee, according to Caring.com.
3. Pain in the Big Toe
Though one of smallest parts of the body, many individuals who experience sudden, excruciating pain in the big toe rate it as 10 out of 10 on the pain scale, according to Caring.com. This pain is typically due to gout, which indicates the body is having problems with metabolizing uric acid, HealthyLife reported
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4. Appearance of the Flu
Those who may have rheumatoid arthritis could suffer from fatigue, fevers, and loss of appetite for several weeks. Eyes may also feel dry and turn red. These symptoms indicate the problem is not limited to one part of the body, but has extended throughout, Caring.com reported. Having trouble sleeping may also occur typically because of pain, which could indicate osteoarthritis as well, HG.org noted
5. Bumps on Fingers
Bony bumps may appear on a patient’s fingers. Caring.com noted, most frequently, they spur on the nodes of the pinky and middle fingers. They may also appear on the thumb.
6. Red Skin
Skin around joints in particular may swell and become red, according to HealthyLife. The area may also feel tender and become scaly. This may indicate psoriatic arthritis.
7. Achy Hands
If everyday activities make the hands sore, this could indicate rheumatoid arthritis. Joints particularly affected may appear red and swollen. This form of arthritis tends to be symmetrical, affecting both sides of the body, according to Caring.com.
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