It can be tempting to brush off aches and pains as a normal part of life—just a part of getting older, right? But no matter your age, you shouldn’t ignore pain. Arthritis can strike at any stage in life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 100 types of arthritis, all with different symptoms.1 However, some of the most common symptoms apply to several different types of arthritis, including two of the most common ones—osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Learn more about these symptoms so you can find a path to relief.
The symptoms of arthritis not only vary from type to type—they can also vary from person to person.2 Two people with the same type of arthritis might feel different types of pain. Learn more about the risk factors of developing arthritis, so you can be better prepared to deal with them and keep moving.
RA and OA symptoms can be easily confused but there are some ways to differentiate between these two types. RA symptoms usually have a rapid onset, whereas OA symptoms are more likely to worsen over time. With RA, symptoms tend to appear on both sides of the body, while OA symptoms may affect joints on one side of the body worse than the other. And while morning stiffness in RA patients will usually last longer than 30 minutes, OA patients typically experience morning stiffness for less than a half hour.
While painful warning signals are sent through your body, the emotional impact shouldn’t be overlooked. Arthritis flare-ups can get so bad that they force you to cancel plans with loved ones. This stress may affect your social life and lower your overall quality of life, too. While these are understandable emotions, they’ve also been shown to make pain harder to handle.5 Add uncertainty over when arthritis pain will return, and depression can kick in—but not all is doom and gloom. Once you identify these symptoms, you can find better ways to alleviate pain and get moving again. We’re here to help you along every step of the way.
You may be experiencing arthritis for a number of reasons. No matter what may have caused your discomfort, there is a path to relief for you.
From osteoarthritis to rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis—every type of arthritis can impact the quality of life in people of all ages.
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