Written by Amy Pusey (last updated April 22, 2009)
The big joke has always been, "It's all downhill after 30." That is because this is the age when most people, me included, begin to feel the aches and pains resulting from the torturous activities we put our bodies through up to that point. Of course, they were not torturous at the time; they were all sorts of fun. Unfortunately, for some of us our youthful follies make us more susceptible to arthritic grievances associated with the aging process.
Before trying to figure out if you have any symptoms, it may help to know exactly how the medical community defines arthritis. Well, simply put, arthritis is the inflammation of a joint. So, what does all of your creaking and crackling really mean? Take a look at the common symptoms associated with several specific types of arthritis:
Parents take note! If a child suffers from unexplained daily or frequent fevers and possibly anemia, or demonstrates a loss of appetite and weight, or shows signs of a curious rash on the arms and legs, these are classic signs of Still's Disease, or Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, so you should make an appointment with your child's pediatrician to rule it out.
While some of these symptoms may seem alarming, early diagnosis and treatment can often prevent permanent damage. If you or someone you love is routinely experiencing any of the symptoms identified, contact a medical professional for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. However, try not to panic because sometimes our aches and pains are only that.
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