If you have arthritis, getting specialized care can slow the progression
of joint damage and help to ease your suffering. Some people have arthritis
symptoms but never discuss them with their doctors because they write
them off as a normal part of aging or as the result of another condition.
However, discussing your arthritis symptoms with your doctor is a conversation
worth having. Consider seeing your physician if you experience these warning signs.
joint pain is the first thing many people think of when they think of arthritis,
it doesn’t happen in all patients, or it may not be the primary
symptom. When joint pain does occur, consider telling your doctor, particularly
if it is persistent and you don’t have any explanation for it. The
duration, location, and type of your pain can give your doctor clues about
the cause and what kind of arthritis you may have.
If it takes you some time to loosen up and move freely after you get out
of bed in the morning or after a long period of sitting, arthritis could
be to blame. The affected joints become inflamed and tight after periods
of rest when you have arthritis, and getting them moving again can take
time. In some forms of arthritis, this stiffness subsides relatively quickly
upon moving, while in other forms, it can persist for hours. Your doctor
will ask you questions about your joint stiffness when trying to make
an arthritis diagnosis.
Fever isn’t associated with all forms of arthritis, but it can indicate
some types of the disease. In particular, rheumatoid arthritis, which
is an autoimmune form of the disease, often causes a fever during flares.
Unexplained fever that is accompanied by joint pain is a common sign of
this form of arthritis.
Get the urgent care you need for your arthritis symptoms at Regional Medical
Center of San Jose. Referrals are available by calling (888) 762-8881.
When you call, be sure to ask about the other services at our
hospital in San Jose, such as stroke care, robotic surgery, and breast care.