Any form of arthritis can be very distressing and painful. It becomes even more painful for people who are old and weak. One such form is rheumatic arthritis. Though the exact reason for rheumatic arthritis is not known till now, doctors have diagnosed it to be a form of autoimmune disease that affects the joints in the body.
The symptoms may not be visible for years but might be damaging the joints internally. In this article we will try to understand a few of the common symptoms for rheumatic arthritis.
List of Symptoms
Joint pain is the most visible symptom for rheumatic arthritis. It is not necessary that the pain would occur only in one region. People who suffer from serious form of the disease can expect to have difficulties in any region of the tissue where an inflammation might have occurred. One common form of misconception occurs when rheumatic arthritis is diagnosed to be a case of fibromyalgia. Apart from this you might experience pain in your hands and feet at the same time. This occurs because rheumatic arthritis is symmetrical in nature.
Injuries that Refuse to Heal
You might have experienced situations where you seem to have a swollen ankle or a knee after a soccer game. It was perfect the day before but may be you had had suffered a sprain and this led to the injury.
If you observe that the sprained region has swollen and it refuses to heal quickly, it may be a symptom for rheumatic arthritis.
Numbness or Tingling Sensation in the Hands
If you feel that your hands become numb or you experience a tingling sensation you could be suffering from rheumatic arthritis. You need to be very specific when you go to the doctor about this symptom as it could otherwise be confused with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Trouble in Your Foot
This is seen more in females who are used to wearing high heels. Because of the pressure generated on the heels of your leg you might experience a sharp pain which could be diagnosed for rheumatic arthritis. Sometimes the tissues at the bottom of your heels could be swollen because of plantar fasciitis, a symptom for rheumatic arthritis.
Dryness in Body Parts
Sometimes in rheumatic arthritis the organs such as the eyes, throat and skin become dry. This happens due to lack of moisture that is caused by the disease. So when you visit the doctor it is necessary that you tell him other about dryness in your both parts too, if any.
In case of ‘morning stiffness’ there would be a sharp pain in your joints such as hip, feet and waist after a period of inactivity such as sleeping. You wake up in the morning and experience pain in some of the body parts. This could be a symptom for rheumatic arthritis. Again this disease is not to be confused with osteoarthritis as in osteoarthritis the joint pain subsides within half an hour but in case of rheumatic arthritis it could last for the entire day.