Detecting Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease manifesting itself as a systematic inflammatory disorder affecting tissues and organs, striking especially flexible joints. While we mostly know the disease as a case characteristic to adults, people of any age can have it.

The disease is rather hard to diagnose as its symptoms can repeat those typical of other health issues, with an unstable flow flaring and fading again and again. The article considers some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis that signal you’re dealing with this disease and nothing else.

Whenever you experience an injury such as a sprained wrist or other joint that takes quite a time to heal, you should bear in mind that this can well be the indication you’re dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. This occasion is typical of young people mostly.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a symptom of this autoimmune disorder, when you have it you experience the tingling feeling in your hands and wrists, just like you hurt your funny bone. The feeling is due to the compression of nerves going in the hands caused by the swelling in the arm. The fact is that mentioning only this symptom to a doctor without referring to any other RA signs, you can be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Your forefoot can warn you’re developing rheumatoid arthritis once you’re having RA-related pain or inflammation in this part of your body. Mostly the pain makes women reject wearing high heels. Podiatrists often observe plantar fasciitis bringing pain due to the swelling of the tissue found in the heel area.

According to ophthalmologists people diagnose with rheumatoid arthritis very often have Sjogrens syndrome – a kind of an autoimmune disease that inflames and impairs the moisture releasing functions of the glands causing dryness of mucous membrane of the eyes, mouth, nose and throat. While the syndrome can be observed already at early stages of rheumatoid arthritis, it is very unlikely to be the only symptom, so if a patient comes to an ophthalmologist with the complaints about eyes dryness, he is likely to be asked about extra information and additional symptoms.

Joints aching is no doubt one of the remarkable symptoms of RA. The problem lies in the fact many people take them for overexertion or osteoarthritis and the pain can often be diagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome (just another accompaniment of rheumatoid arthritis). RA joint pain is marked by a prolonged character symmetry, i.e when both of your hands, knees, feet, elbows, etc. are aching simultaneously.

Experiencing a joint stiffness in the morning? That’s quite a motive to listen to your body and take a closer look at your health. But of course the stiffness as a symptom can be assigned to other health issues, like for example osteoarthritis that is responsible for a joint pain after a period of inactivity (like sleeping or sitting). In case of RA stiffness lasts much longer and it may take a whole day to get rid of it while with osteoarthritis an hour is quite enough. For both cases sets of special exercises can help overcome the problem.

RA is accompanied by locked joints, mostly on the knees and elbows. It is due to the swollen tendons round the joint resulting in impaired bending function. The swelling may cause cysts behind the knee preventing from motion as it puffs out. Other diseases having the same symptom: a knee joint injury and meniscus tear.

People with advanced rheumatoid arthritis cases (as well as those at earlier stages) often have nodules – firm lumps developing under the skin. They can also be found in cases of gout and other forms of arthritis.

These are the most common rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but not the only ones, so be attentive and considerate to your body in order to fight off the disease at first signs.