You know sore, achy joints are arthritis’s hallmark. But pain isn’t the only symptom an arthritis sufferer may have to contend with.
“In a lot of cases, people notice other things showing up before they ever have pain,” says Kevin Shea, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise.
There are more than a dozen different types of arthritis, and Shea says each type is associated with its own set of symptoms. Also, every individual arthritis sufferer may experience the disease in her own way, he adds.
Why keep an eye out for these symptoms? “Depending on the type of arthritis, if you catch it early your doctor may be able to help you slow its progression,” Shea says. Early detection could also give your doc the chance to administer anti-inflammation drugs, or recommend lifestyle changes that will keep you on your feet and active.
So what are those non-pain symptoms you need to watch out for? Keep reading.