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5 Early Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis That You Should Not Ignore

Yes, it’s chronic. However, early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis can make the biggest difference in effective management of this autoimmune disorder. Moreover, proper treatment can help minimize the common risks and complications the condition is usually associated with, including osteoporosis, infections, lung disease, heart problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lymphoma.

This is why identifying the early signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are so essential; in particular for those who are at a higher risk of the inflammatory disorder, like women (they are more at risk vs. men), individuals with a family history of this disease, those who are obese, those who smoke.

To help you stay on the safe track, and visit orthopedic doctors in Bidhannagar immediately if necessary, here are 5 early signs of rheumatoid arthritis you should look for:

1.  Joint pain-This is the most common symptom. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the inflammation in joints where the disease is actively present. This inflammation vexes the capsules that surround the joints, which then leads to pain.

2. Fatigue-This is a common symptom of many orthopedic problems, including rheumatoid arthritis. The irritation in your joints can lead you to feel tired. This can affect your sleep and overall mental health, paving way for chronic fatigue.

3. Joint swelling-In the initial stages, the swelling would usually be negligible. However, as the disease progresses, the swelling would become more evident. Over-exposed to this can lead to a serious loss in the range of motions of the joints.

4. Joint redness-This isn’t present in every case but it’s a very evident sign. The joint where the disease is most active gets quite red due to dilated capillaries.In addition, you might also sense warmth around your joints.

5. Stiffness-The constant inflammation and swelling lead to the loss of motion. This results in joint stiffness. And the stiffness gets severe as the disease spreads. You are more likely to feel this after long stretches of inactivity; like after waking up in the morning.

There are several other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, 40 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis experience symptoms that don’t even involve the joints. This is why self-diagnosis isn’t always the best idea. If you experience minor problems, it’s best to consult a qualified professional. Do your research and find a good clinician or orthopedic surgeon in Ultadanga. Work along with her/him to diagnose the disorder and then effectively treat it.