Consultant rheumatologist shares the early signs of arthritis

“Early symptoms of different types of arthritis of the hands include joint pain,” said Dr Hughes. The pain could either “feel dull or similar to a burning sensation” alongside swelling. “The pain often occurs after periods of increased joint use, such as heavy gripping or grasping,” explained Dr Hughes.

“The pain may not be present immediately but may show up hours later or even the following day with morning joint pain likely.”

Dr Hughes added: “Pain in the hands at the start of the day after waking is an important sign of inflammation.”

Arthritis can affect any joint in the body; the condition can affect anyone, at any age.

Common symptoms of arthritis, as pointed out by the NHS includes:

  • Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness
  • Inflammation in and around the joints
  • Restricted movement of the joints
  • Warm red skin over the affected joint
  • Weakness and muscle wasting.

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People who are experiencing symptoms of arthritis are advised to make an appointment with their doctor to discuss their concerns.

The informative charity Versus Arthritis says: “The earlier you get a diagnosis and start the right type of treatment, the better the outcome will be.”

One of the best management strategies for arthritis is to exercise, adds Versus Arthritis.

“You might not always feel like exercising if you have arthritis,” the charity notes.

People should also refrain from eating sugary foods and drinks, including cakes and biscuits.

Dr Hughes added: “To support long-term joint health, it’s important to choose a supplement that is backed by scientific studies.”

He highly recommends a supplement that contains the “compound GOPO®”, which “is shown to significantly relieve joint pain and stiffness in OA [osteoarthritis] patients”.

GOPO® Joint Health is available from Boots, Amazon, Tesco and independent chemists nationwide. Visit for further information.

This post is originally appeared on Express UK

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