Arthritis can make everyday things more challenging

Symptoms and types of arthritis can vary depending on several factors. Arthritis can affect several parts of the body, although many of the arthritis symptoms may be similar, there are also some differences.

Ankylosing spondylitis is arthritis of the joints in the spine. It is also known as Marie-Strumpell disease and rheumatoid spondylitis. This disorder affects multiple organs such as eyes, heart, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of this arthritis include: low back and hip pain,stiffness, difficulty expanding the chest; pain in neck, shoulders, knees, and ankles, low-grade fever, general fatigue and weight loss. Initial arthritis symptoms are felt before 30 years of age.

Bursitis is another form of arthritis. Bursitis usually affects the hip, shoulder, and elbow. But it can also affect the knee, heel, or base of big toe. Usually this affects athletes: tennis, golf, baseball players also people who are overweight and with poor posture. Symptoms are pain and stiffness in the joints, they become worse when the specific joint is used, it may also be swollen and warm to the touch.

Juvenile arthritis symptoms are similar to the adult symptoms. There is pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. Symptoms can come and go. Young children especially do not complain about their arthritis symptoms. Parents may not notice until they see their child limping, avoiding physical activity, or acting unusually clumsy.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form in the elderly. It is brought on partly by long-term everyday use. Depending on which part of the body is affected, arthritis symptoms may vary. Most people with osteoarthritis in their fingers don't even know about it unless an x-ray reveals deterioration in the cartilage. Most arthritic symptoms are standard with pain and swelling. With osteoarthritis, even though the arthritis never goes away, the pain commonly fades over time.

Gout is a form of arthritis where the body has too much uric acid, which arguably has accumulated after eating a lot of red meat. The symptoms of gout arthritis are intense pain in the joints, the big toe is generally affected. It may also become red, swollen, and warm to the touch. At times, gout can occur in the wrists, ankles, and knees. Arthritis symptoms may not come back for several years. But if crystals formed by the uric acid are left untreated, it can destroy part of the bone.

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an overactive immune system. Arthritis symptoms usually start out as minor stiffness and pain. It may come and go, but eventually the arthritis symptoms get worse and more frequent. Treatment for this is most effective if caught within the first few months. Psoriasis patients many times have arthritis in joints of limbs and hands and is a surprise to many. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that goes far beyond the label of a skin disease.

If you have some arthritis symptoms, contact your doctor. Treatments are always more effective if they are caught in the early stages. You can also get more information on arthritis symptoms from the Arthritis Foundation.