About 50 million Americans, or one in five adults, have at least one form of arthritis. While many people believe that arthritis is only a condition that afflicts the elderly, about half of all arthritis sufferers are under the age of 65. Further, while joint pain is a common symptom of many forms of arthritis, there are other less well-known symptoms that may also indicate the presence of the condition. If you notice any of these symptoms you should speak to your doctor as soon as you can.
Warning Sign 1: Big Toe Pain
Gout is a form of arthritis that can cause excruciatingly intense bouts of pain in a person’s big toe. Many people who suffer this symptom describe the pain as being a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, something they might experience if they have a kidney stone. Others experience less intense pain that slowly builds, then recedes, and then comes back sometime later.
Warning Sign 2: Trouble Getting Out of Bed
Rheumatoid arthritis is often associated with joint stiffness or pain, especially after periods of inactivity. If it takes you a half hour or more to fully shake out your morning aches and pains, this may be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis.
Warning Sign 3: Pain During Inactivity
Osteoarthritis causes your body’s cartilage to erode. This leads to your bones often painfully rubbing against each other. If you experience joint pain while you are not performing any activities, this can be a sign of osteoarthritis. Such pain can often interfere with sleep patterns or any other daily activity.