Arthritis feels like joint pain and discomfort in different parts of the body. The severity of the pain determines what type of arthritis you have. Get more information about arthritis pain in this video.
Then, patients with arthritis will feel it in the joints and the common joints would be the knee, the hip, the ankle, the toes, the wrists, the elbow and the shoulders. Some people also experience symptoms of arthritis in the back and neck. The quality of the symptoms and the way the patient describes it can sometimes help the doctor to better determine what type of arthritis it is. Therefore, it is very important that patients really think about how they describe their pain and make sure they can describe it well to their doctor. Mild pain is a pain that occurs intermittently and does not affect function. For example, a mild pain may be pain in the knee while walking and shopping, but that does not stop you from buying or doing your activities. Severe pain is something that makes you think twice before doing something or makes you avoid activities that you want or need to do. The quality of the pain, for example, if it is a palpitation or swelling can lead to a type of diagnosis, as in inflammatory arthritis. But a dull ache may be more than structural arthritis. It is very variable how people perceive pain, so it is very important that a doctor evaluate it.
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