Diverse Arthritic Condition

Mira Pawar By Mira Pawar, 5th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/wr3mpa4d/
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It is a common belief that Arthritis is just one single disease which transpires in the form of inflammation in the joints but very few are aware that there are more than one hundred types of arthritis that can affect you

Symptoms for diagnosing Arthritis

It is a common belief that Arthritis is just one single disease which transpires in the form of inflammation in the joints but very few are aware that there are more than one hundred types of arthritis that can affect you. It is therefore important to observe the symptoms to have the right diagnosis before starting any form of treatment. Before reporting to the Doctor on the condition, it is necessary to understand the difference between various types of arthritis. Once the right type is identified, it becomes easy to begin treatment.

Arthritis can occur in any part of the body and cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. Sometimes Arthritis can lead to life threatening situations and can affect other parts of the body like muscles, bones and internal organs.

Although joint pain, joint stiffness, restricted movements and tenderness around the joints are the symptoms associated with arthritis, there is more one should learn on the subject. It is essential to diagnose which type of arthritis does one have out of the hundred kinds that can affect a person. To identify the right type, the medical history of the patient is important along with the present physical examination result. It is also advisable to have an assessment of the progression of the disease. Once you know the basic difference, it will become easier to identify the specific condition.

Different types of arthritis

Most commonly experienced are the following few types of arthritis. One common symptom noticed in all the arthritic condition is inflammation:
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis is one type of arthritis where there is acute inflammation of the joints along with affected organs. The patient can experience stiffness in the joints of hands and feet in the morning which could last for more than one hour. One could also experience extreme fatigue. There could be visible rheumatoid nodules and both knees get affected at the same time.

Osteoarthritis
Another type of arthritis categorized as degenerative joint disease (DJD) is called Osteoarthritis which could affects any one joint unlike other types of arthritis which have systemic effects. One of the most common symptoms is pain in a particular joint after repeated use. The pain gets severe during the later part of the day. There is likelihood of visible swelling in the joints and stiffness can occur if the same posture is maintained for a longer period. This condition is caused by the breakdown of cartilage in joints and is believed to be age related besides injury, repetitive use of joints, overweight, family history and overstressing the joints. Osteoarthritis can occur along with other types of arthritis at the same time. An X-ray is essential to establish the extent of damage in the affected joint.

Gouty Arthritis
This form of arthritis is caused through accumulation of crystals within the joint. The crystals are formed by an unusual breakdown of normal body substance. This accumulation of crystal inside the joint causes gouty arthritis. In this case, the most affected joints are the big toe and the knee. However, this particular condition has effective treatment.

Pseudo gout Arthritis
Pseudo gout arthritis is somewhat similar to Gouty arthritis but the only difference is that the deposit in the joint is accumulation of calcium deposits and this is seen mostly in the knee joint.
Lupus Arthritis
This arthritic condition is the most common manifestation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Like the Rheumatoid Arthritis, in this condition also the body’s immune system causes damage to the joints. The most effected joints are the hands, wrists and knees.
Spondyloarthropathies
Spondyloarthropathies are uncommon conditions such as Ankylosing Spondylitis, Reiter’s Syndrome, Psoriatic Arthritis and Enteropathic Arthritis and is associated with other problems like back pain and heel pain etc. This condition is believed to be related to a patient’s genetics.

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Arthitic Condition, Gouty Arthritis, Lupus Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Pseudo Gout Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spondyloarthropathies

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jan 2011 (#)

Good info. When my son was dx'd with ankylosing spondylitis, I researched the disease. I cried so much seeing what could be.
He has since found out he has been misdiagnosed.
I am so happy but, I am so sad for those that live with this illness.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Mira Pawar
7th Jan 2011 (#)

Oh! I hope your son is ok now....

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