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The Symptoms Of Arthritis

Charlene was a caregiver and is really good at researching in order to help her loved ones navigate their illnesses/conditions.

“People who don't see you every day have a hard time understanding how on some days--good days--you can run three miles, but can barely walk across the parking lot on other days,"


The Symptoms of arthritis are numerous, let me rephrase there are over a hundred diverse forms of arthritic associated diseases. That is why there is little wonder when it comes to pain that people jump to all sorts of conclusions, pain is our body’s indicator that all is not well and that we have either pushed it too hard or gone far beyond our endurance levels. Usually, we have to slow down to recuperate or take a time out but there are those rare times when pain is not considered functional and it is at these times when it is considered a cause for concern.

Symptoms of arthritis or arthritic pains are the inflammation or swelling of the joints accompanied more often than not by red discoloration of the infected area. The other pain you may feel usually takes the form of a pulled or torn ligament. Both pains could be associated with arthritic pains. Other pains you may experience are pains from fatigue, the more tired or depressed or stressed you feel then the more pain you feel and so the ugly cycle begins.


These kinds of lingering pains could wreak havoc on your independence as well as lifestyle and maintaining a good pain management strategy is beneficial for your continued self-reliance. Learning to live with the nagging pains comes with practice, a good diet, and plenty of exercises because it really is manageable, it does not seem that way at times but it is.

Symptoms of arthritis do not have to mean the end of the world... yes, granted it is unlike any pain you have ever had and if you are young (because arthritic pain does not discriminate) you are likely to feel more out of your depth, do not worry depending on the level as well as the extent of the pain then some sort of pain management should alleviate most of your discomfort. Also, It is important to find people you can relate to so that you have a strong support structure in place when the going gets tougher and the road longer. Approach an occupational therapist to show you methods and exercises to help you live as normal a life as you are able to by working through the pain.


Other unfortunate symptoms of arthritis are sleep-related, hardest one to deal with is insomnia and robs you of your much-needed sleep which in turn makes your pains worse. It is understandable that when one is uncomfortable or in pain sleep is the furthest thing from your mind and when you do eventually get to fall asleep then you awaken for no apparent reason, this is another symptom. Another symptom is sleeping the whole night but still waking up exhausted.

These sums up the three main sleep-related arthritic symptoms: short-term insomnia, intermittent insomnia, and chronic insomnia. Chronic insomnia is the most commonly experienced symptom in arthritis, it has a lot to do with the stressfulness of the disease as well as the pain caused by the inflamed areas and sometimes it is a side effect of certain meds.

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For symptoms of arthritis regardless of the cause professional medical advice is a necessity, they will help you find a solution to all your problems pertaining to arthritis and although it may not take the pain away indefinitely, it could help ease it or soothe your aches. My mom was in her fifties when she developed rheumatoid arthritis in her hands, they get swollen and red. She wears compression gloves most times especially in winter when it is at its worst, and she had to see a specialist as it progressed. She was prescribed chronic meds for her pain management however my mom still tries her utmost to avoid eating foods that trigger the inflammation like coffee and chocolate.

The pain is still unaffordable even with her meds so that is why keeping her hands warm with compression gloves helps and applying some essential oils like CBD oil before putting her gloves on, helps as well. It’s such a horrible thing to watch someone you love struggle with any illness, and I often try to research as much as I can about the specific things that my loved ones suffer from, yet I still feel like I have not done enough. If you or someone you know suffers from arthritis, I am so sorry and I wish there is more I can suggest helping ease your pain however I hope I have helped guide you in the right direction. Good luck!

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Charlene Gallant


Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on July 06, 2021:

I'm sorry you suffer from this Pamela and I hope you have found effective pain management. Thanks for reading and Good luck:)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 06, 2021:

This is a good article about arthritis, Charlene. I have arthritis, so I understand the pains. You made some good suggestions that should help. Thanks for sharing this information.

Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on July 06, 2021:

Oh no im sorry:( please see a doctor if you can ASAP...thanks for reading Elaine

Elaine Byers on July 06, 2021:

Thanks for this, think I might have this as I always seem to have stiff finger joints and makes it hard to open thing things like bottles

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