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How would I know? - November 19th 2011, 05:49 AM

How would I know if I had arthritis?


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Re: How would I know? - November 19th 2011, 09:04 AM

Stiff, sore joints. They would sometimes click, etc.
   
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Re: How would I know? - November 19th 2011, 01:36 PM

You'd have joint pain/swelling. You wouldn't be able to move the joint comfortably. Redness/warmth around joint. Stiffness (especially in the morning).

In order to be diagnosed with arthritis you need to see your doctor.

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The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history.
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  • Fluid around a joint
  • Warm, red, tender joints
  • Difficulty moving a joint (called "limited range of motion")
I hope this helped. Overall, you need to see a doctor.
   
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Re: How would I know? - November 19th 2011, 03:46 PM

Basically everything the above users have said. If you really believe you may have it I would get it checked out by a doctor right away so it doesn't get worse over time. You could easily just have sore fingers or a pain in your hand of something you did on accident.


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Re: How would I know? - November 19th 2011, 03:55 PM

Okay, makes sense. Because my hands, esp in the morning hurt real bad. Even when doingminor activity. :/ my grandma and mom have arthritis


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Re: How would I know? - November 19th 2011, 04:07 PM

If your mom and grandmother had it i would defiently get it checked. Good Luck!


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Re: How would I know? - November 19th 2011, 04:27 PM

A simple blood test will determine if you have Arthritis. The blood test will look at your ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and CRP (C-Reactive protein) levels. Both of these are clear indicators for the presence of inflammation- as found in Arthritis (but not only arthritis though...it can indicate other sources of inflammation in your body) So in order to get a clear diagnosis your doctor will also ask you when you feel the pain/if anything makes it worse. What makes it better- if anything and when it started.
   
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