Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms- What are the first signs of rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms- What are the first signs of rheumatoid arthritis?

January 24, 2020 1 By Jose Scott


on this video I’ll be talking about what
are the early and first signs of rheumatoid arthritis hello my name is
Siddharth Tambar the physician at Chicago arthritis and regenerative
medicine where we are focused on your musculoskeletal health and wellness with
a particular specialization in utilizing the most cutting-edge and up-to-date
treatments available for arthritis tendonitis injuries and back pain
rheumatoid arthritis is an incredibly aggressive and destructive form of
arthritis and it’s incredibly important to recognize it at an early stage before
it becomes something full-blown or progressive because the earlier you
catch it the better the chance is that you can prevent it from progressing
where you’ve had permanent and significant destructive changes so there
are a number of things that you can look out for that might make you suspicious
that you could be developing this sort of condition firstly it’s important to
understand that rheumatoid arthritis is a condition of the immune system what
that means is that your immune system which is normally meant to protect you
from bacteria and viruses in this condition can start to look at your own
joints and other organs as foreign and actually attack it and cause
inflammation which then leads to the symptoms that you see in rheumatoid
arthritis this is important to understand because besides joint pain
there are a number of other things that you should be on the lookout for as well
that could indicate that you’re developing something bigger
it’s also important to remember that the inflammation that occurs in rheumatoid
arthritis is a systemic phenomenon that means is that it’s a total body
inflammation so as an example of total body inflammation things that you may
experience early on in this condition include significant fatigue possibly
weight loss as well and very and its stiffness first thing in the
morning for those of us that are over 40 years old you may have a little bit of
stiffness normally that can occur but I generally last for five maximum ten
minutes and as we start to move that stiffness goes away relatively quickly
on the other hand in a condition like rheumatoid arthritis that inflammation
in the whole body is so significant that it can take over 60 minutes or over an
hour to really clear out from your body first thing in the morning
so rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis what that means
is that you have very significant inflammation within the joint as well an
inflamed joint characteristically looks like they’re swelling in the joint as
well as significant pain warmth sometimes redness and very significant
pain as well how do you know if you have swelling in a joint in some cases it can
look very obvious you look at your hands you look at your knee it may look very
obvious where you see a very swollen and inflamed joint in other cases an
inflamed or swollen joint may not look quite so obvious but you’ll notice that
you have difficulty fully flexing or extending the joint that’s inflamed that
can also sometimes indicate that there’s fluid within the joint as well so the
classic definition of rheumatoid arthritis is one where you have
inflammation in joints on the right and left side of the body affecting
prominently the small joints meaning the hands and the feet with significant
stiffness lasting for more than 60 minutes and symptoms that last for more
than six weeks that last one is important because there are other
conditions that can mimic rheumatoid arthritis but they generally are
self-limiting so as an example if you had a bad cold
or viral infection you may have some generalized aches and pains in the body
but generally speaking that will only last for a couple of weeks at most so
it’s important the time course to understand that if it’s something that’s
becoming chronic we again is defined as more than six weeks
that’s when you need to start worrying about this kind of diagnosis it’s also
important to understand that while the small joints the hands and the feet are
classically affected in reality in a condition like rheumatoid arthritis any
joint in the body can be affected so if you have a joint that is inflamed again
which means swollen warm very significantly painful and reduced range
of motion with flexion and extension you should consider whether you may have an
inflammatory arthritis and within that category of conditions there’s a number
of different things rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most significant ones
within that list so if you have pain and swelling in a joint lasting for more
than six weeks I strongly recommend you check in with your trusted physician and
get checked out for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis make an early
diagnosis get started on an appropriate treatment and try to live your best life
possible so question of the day if you have pain and if you have a painful
joint that’s swollen what’s your plan how are you treating that are you
getting evaluated for it hopefully you’re taking care of yourself
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