8 Early Signs of Rheumatism (Part 2)

3. Weight loss

This is an early sign that some people mightn’t consider to be too much of a negative. It could be the quick fix solution to the weight problems you’ve been having. Unfortunately, weight loss that comes as an early indicator of rheumatism is nothing to celebrate. The unexplainable weight loss, which is the third early warning sign of rheumatism, could be an indirect effect of the inflammation occurring in the body. More research needs to be conducted in order to certify this however, whilst there is another theory which requires little further research at all. When we are feeling full of a fever, as with the second symptom in this list, or unusually fatigued, as with the first, one of the first things a person is likely to lose is their appetite, given that the body’s demand and need for energy is lessened significantly. Consuming fewer and fewer calories as fever and fatigue persists will unsurprisingly cause a person to shed more than a few pounds.

4. Stiffness

Joint stiffness could be yet another early indicator of the development of rheumatism. Stiffness which occurs in a couple of small joints, sometimes the fingers, can come on slowly before lasting for a period of around five to ten days. Localised stiffness can be one indicator for sure, however when this is combined with a an overarching, more general feeling of stiffness, throughout the body, the symptom may be more easily determined to be an early indication of rheumatism. Being still for long periods can cause this particular type of stiffness for most people, but it is how long it persists and how much it affects everyday functionality which should help a person decide whether or not it is merely stiffness, or stiffness associated with rheumatism. One frequent complaint from people living with rheumatism is the experience of morning stiffness, which obviously comes from having been still overnight. If a patient feels well enough to keep moving, they should try their best to stay on the go to keep stiffness at bay.

5. Joint tenderness

One further typical early sign of rheumatism is joint tenderness that affects the hands, feet, fingers and toes. The hands are most commonly affected at the joint in the middle of the hand, as well as towards the bottom of the fingers, where the skin may feel sore and tender when pressed or during movement. Where the feet are concerned, it is the base of the toes which may feel the most tenderness and pain, as it is here where the pressure is absorbed, causing people to walk on their heels or raise their toes ever so slightly as they walk. Whilst these changes in gait and stance happen as a subconscious reaction to pain, the knock on effects can be damaging. The joints of the fingers and toes may also experience a sense of numbness or tingling that a person is not familiar with. This is brought about by the inflammation and only serves to make the joint tenderness and associated pain all the more acute.

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