We take life for granted when we are young and energetic. Till the age of 35 years, we are agile, we can take the stairs instead of the lift, and even lift the grocery bag without any difficulty. But then, we start aging and suddenly the same flight of stairs seem a wee bit steeper. Then we start questioning “What’s wrong with me?”
There would be times when you cannot squat or bend your knees for some puja. Your fingers tend to get strange aches after using your laptop for some time. Another numbing question comes to your mind. “Do I have arthritis?”
These fears are well founded as arthritis can be very painful and debilitating. The onset is not sudden and does come with telltale signs. People who have crossed 35 years of age have to be wary of these signs in order to avoid arthritis.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a common condition that is used more or less as a blanket term by many. They don’t know the full meaning. Arthritis is not a single disease and is generally associated with any joint disease.
There are numerous types of arthritis. People of all ages, genders and races can have arthritis. Arthritis and especially osteoarthritis is on the rise in India. It’s estimated that there are around 185 million patients suffering from arthritis. Some of the patients are under the age of 25 and most of them are women. Changing lifestyles, poor diet, and lack of physical exercise are the main reasons.
Common types of arthritis:
- Degenerative Arthritis
- Inflammatory Arthritis
- Infectious Arthritis
- Metabolic Arthritis
- Autoimmune Disease Rheumatoid Arthritis
One has to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of arthritis so that this condition can be nipped in the bud. This is a little difficult as symptoms of other diseases mimic the symptoms of arthritis. One is advised not to be under the impression that arthritis is only for the elderly. It can affect anyone! Moreover, early diagnosis is better for recuperation.
Treating some kinds of arthritis in the first five months of the onset can minimize or avoid joint deformities.
12 Symptoms of Arthritis
● Morning stiffness.
● Pain while climbing stairs.
● Sudden excruciating pain.
● Flu-like symptoms.
● Bumps appearing on fingers.
● Pain even while sleeping.
● Painful and hard to use limbs.
● Joint stiffness.
● Joint swelling.
● Numbness and tingling.
● Decrease in the range of motion.
If you have any of these symptoms and you ask the question “Do I have arthritis?” it would be a good question to ask! It is better to discuss it with a doctor than suffer it silently. You may not have arthritis, but it is better to relieve yourself of the myths.
You need to take an appointment with an orthopedician if:
● Pain in the joints comes along with fever.
● You easily get pain and stiffness.
● Pain is accompanied with redness and extreme tenderness.
● You get pain in the joints after sleeping or even after sitting for some time.
For a healthy, active, independent and balanced life, it’s essential to maintain good joint health. Early diagnosis is very important so that permanent damage can be avoided. It’s essential to see a medical practitioner as the diagnosis of arthritis is tricky, and involves studying medical history, taking up a physical examination, and doing some blood tests.
The orthopedician would then ascertain the presence of an arthritic condition, and assess the stage of the disease. Treatment would focus on reducing further damage, and improving the quality of life.
Foods that Heal Arthritis
● Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like meat, sunflower oil, fish, walnuts, and flaxseeds.
● Dairy products.
● Olive Oil.
● Vitamin C rich fruits.
A good lifestyle with proper diet and appropriate exercise can reduce the chances of early arthritis.
If you have any such above mentioned symptoms, please do not hesitate to meet our Orthopedicians of Apollo Hospitals online. Book your appointment for online consultation here