8 Early Signs of Rheumatism (Part 1)
The most easily recognisable early indicators of rheumatism are stiffness and localised or widespread joint pain that lingers for more than just a few days.
The overall well being of a person, including how they feel psychologically and emotionally can contribute to recognising the early signs, but some of these indicators are specific to certain joints throughout the body. Starting to feel like a robot without any oil is a good way of looking at it, even if humour provides little by way of consolation to the person suffering the symptoms.
When a person’s joints are affected by symptoms like stiffness and pain, rheumatism is more likely to be indicated than when psychological and emotional indicators are presented. These are more subjective early signs that shouldn’t necessarily be discounted, but are only really valuable when experienced with more common indicators of rheumatism.
Some of these early signs of the condition are listed below.
A long time before any other symptoms or early indicators start develop, a person with rheumatism may start to feel extremely fatigued. This extreme tiredness and gaping lack of energy or motivation can lead to the person feeling depressed. Every day activities such as going to work or taking the kids to the park can be hit hard by fatigue, with the person feeling absolutely no ‘get up and go’ spirit, whether they’re usually a couch potato or an ultra-runner. Rheumatism doesn’t care about your daily activities. Relationships are frequently tested by fatigue, as when one person is not able to hold up their end of the bargain or live up to expectations, tensions mount and communication breaks down. Relationships are about give and take, rheumatism simply takes all your energy without giving anything back. Unsurprisingly, sex drive is affected by fatigues as well, only serving to exacerbate any negative effects on a relationship.
2. Slight fever
No one likes a fever. The excessive shivering and constant insistence that the house is freezing, whilst everyone around you is telling you to keep cool. How can you possibly be burning up when you feel like a block of ice? It all seems so alien, until you find yourself sweating profusely just moments later and throwing the bead sheets off like a crazy person. Fever that is an early indication of rheumatism is a little more sneaky than the above example portrays, a little more slight. It comes in on the quiet, in the form of an ever so slightly raised temperature that can often be missed, overlooked or ignored. This early sign of rheumatism often sneaks in the back door with its similarly disguised accomplice, fatigue, and may well be attributed to something nowhere near as serious as rheumatism, until the effects on the joints start to manifest.