By DK Publishing
This illustrated sensible consultant covers every thing from scientific definitions of some of the types of arthritis to all elements of treating the situation, from medicinal drugs and surgical procedure to complementary treatments, and is helping the reader stay with arthritis and its long term issues.
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The fatigue is due to poor sleep, weakened muscles, and a disease process that affects the whole body and mind. SYMPTOMS AND DIAGNOSIS Generalsymptoms Extensive joint inflammation—for example, in severe rheumatoid arthritis—may be accompanied by a low-grade fever, loss of weight, and a feeling of being generally unwell. This is because the illness affects the whole body. Rashes are a feature in a few types of arthritis, such as psoriatic arthritis and lupus. However, in most people they are a relatively common side effect of treatment.
You should also report the good news of any improvements. If you develop a new medical condition or a reaction to a medication in between office visits, call the physician to discuss the problem rather than waiting until your next appoinment. Beaconsideratepatient Your relationship with healthcare professionals will benefit if your expectations are reasonable. Always arrive on time for an appointment; if you have to cancel, tell the physician’s office as soon as you can. If you are on refillable prescriptions, request a refill or get a new prescription before you run out of tablets.
Stiffness Inflamed joints can feel stiff first thing in the morning. How long it lasts is important: an hour or more is suggestive of inflammatory arthritis. Defining morning stiffness is hard, although people with arthritis describe it as an ache combined with difficulty moving. 37 Stiffness following exercise is usually a feature of osteoarthritis; it is a sign that the joints are starting to fail. People feel stiff when they rest, such as sitting down after a walk or relaxing in the evening.
Arthritis by DK Publishing