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Arthritis symptoms

Arthritis is a term covering several different types of the condition, with different causes and different symptoms.

Symptoms will also vary from person to person and will depend on the severity of the condition.

Symptoms can also affect one or several joints.

Seek medical advice for arthritis symptoms so that a diagnosis can be made and treatment recommended to relief symptoms.

Osteoarthritis symptoms

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis caused by wear and tear on the joints.

Osteoarthritis symptoms include:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiff joints
  • Tender joints
  • Joints looking bigger, swollen or 'knobblier'
  • Reduced range of movement
  • Weakness.

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, meaning the body's defences wrongly turn on part of the body, in this case the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint swelling, feeling warm and looking red
  • Feeling tired, lacking energy
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Unplanned weight loss.

Gout symptoms

This type of arthritis is caused by crystals building up in and around the joints, especially the big toes.

Gout symptoms include:

  • Severe joint pain
  • Joint feels hot
  • Joint feels tender
  • Swelling
  • Shiny, red skin over the joint
  • Skin peeling, itching and flaking as swelling reduces.

Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms

In this condition, the spine and other parts of the body get inflamed and also cause general arthritis symptoms.

Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms include:

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) symptoms

This type of arthritis first affects children under 16, but the cause isn’t known.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis symptoms include:

  • Painful joints
  • Swollen joints
  • Stiff joints
  • Joints feeling warm
  • Tiredness
  • Fever
  • Limping.

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms

This type of arthritis affects some people who have psoriasis.

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint stiffness.
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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on September 09, 2016

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