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Do I Have Arthritis?

Q: I’ve been having joint pain and some stiffness that hasn’t gone away, and some joints hurt to the touch. Could I have arthritis?

A: You might have some type of arthritis if you have:

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  1. Ongoing joint pain
  2. Joint swelling
  3. Joint stiffness
  4. Tenderness or pain when touching a joint
  5. Problems using or moving a joint normally
  6. Warmth and redness in a joint

Most types of arthritis are chronic. That means they can go on for a long period of time. Arthritis can attack joints in almost any part of the body. Some types of arthritis cause changes you can see and feel —swelling, warmth, and redness in your joints. In some kinds of arthritis, the pain and swelling last only a short time, but are very uncomfortable. Other types of arthritis might be less painful, but still slowly cause damage to your joints.

If any one of these symptoms lasts for more than two weeks, see your regular doctor or one who specializes in treating arthritis, called a rheumatologist. If you have a fever, feel physically ill, suddenly have a swollen joint, or have problems using your joint see your doctor right away.

Source: National Institute on Aging

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