Written by Emily McBride (last updated October 20, 2009)
Pain, stiffness, and swelling are all signs of the dreaded disease arthritis. Many people suffer from arthritis, especially as they grow older, and there is not really a total cure for the problem as of right now. Arthritis is when the tissue lining your joints becomes inflamed, which often makes it painful to even move. The pain is usually felt in the joints, where two bones meet together, such as your elbow, your knee, your hips, or the knuckles of your fingers. The two main kinds of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is more common, and the kind of arthritis that usually comes with age. It is common for an injury in earlier years (such as a broken knee playing high school football) to develop arthritis later in life. Rheumatoid arthritis is felt in more parts of the body because it is when the body's defense system isn't working right. Even though arthritis will be painful, follow some of these steps so that you can continue living your life.
If you are feeling the symptoms of arthritis, make sure that you have seen a doctor. Some arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, continually gets worse, and you can stop how fast it progresses with a doctor's help. Above all, try to keep a positive attitude and don't just stay in bed—enjoy your life!
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