If you are experiencing more joint pain than normal, you might just have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
First off, as it turns out, many people are not too familiar with what rheumatoid arthritis actually is! Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. It causes chronic inflammation of joints and can affect people of any age. Even knowing this, there are signs of rheumatoid arthritis that you might not be aware of. Let’s take a look at them.
1. Tingling and Numbness:
When your tendons become swollen, they put pressure on the nerves. This may cause tingling, numbness or a burning sensation. You can experience this feeling in any of your joints, but most commonly in your feet and hands. The joints of your feet or hands may even produce a crackling or clicking sound as deteriorated cartilage rubs over the joints when you move. If you experience this in your hands often, it could be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. Make an appointment with your doctor to be sure.
2. A Decrease in Range of Motion:
When joints become inflamed, the tendons and ligaments become unstable or distorted. As the disease advances, you may discover that you are not able to completely straighten, or even bend some joints. Moreover, your range of motion may also be affected by the pain the movements are causing. It is imperative to engage in regular, gentle exercise to help keep your joints from tightening up and becoming overly stiff.
You may feel unusually tired. Fatigue, of course, could mean a lot of things, but with rheumatoid arthritis, it is an early warning sign. If you are experiencing any of the other signs, along with fatigue, see your doctor right away for an early diagnosis.
4. Morning Stiffness:
Morning stiffness can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Stiffness lasting for a couple of minutes usually is an early symptom of degenerative arthritis. Morning stiffness lasting a couple of hours can be a symptom of an inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Morning stiffness is a common symptom that people experience who have rheumatoid arthritis, so this is a good one to watch out for.
A low-grade fever may be an early warning sign that you have rheumatoid arthritis if it is accompanied by joint pain or the swelling of the joints. However, a fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit probably means something else is wrong. The key here, with fever, is that it is a chronic, low-grade fever.
Other symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis:
*Besides for joint pain and the swelling of the joints, there are some other signs for early stage rheumatoid arthritis. These include: itchy, dry or inflamed eyes, eye discharge, dry mouth, general weakness, insomnia, weight loss, loss of appetite, chest pain and hard bumps under the skin of your arms.
Therefore, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, along with joint pain or swelling, seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis.
All-Natural Remedies to Help Ease the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis:
All-natural treatments are making a comeback these days and patients with rheumatoid arthritis are having big success! Besides for daily, low-impact exercise, such as swimming, all-natural products are available to help with pain relief.
ZEN Sports Balm is proud to manufacture all-natural products with pain relief in mind. Made with the finest natural oils and waxes, ZEN has a product for everyone. Take a look at ZEN’s product line to determine which one is best to keep you active!
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have.
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