How Warm Hands Could Be an Early Warning Sign of Arthritis
By PureGreens Nutrition
Arthritis is a painful disease that can make it difficult to lead a normal life.
Early detection and treatment is key to managing symptoms, so it is a must to know what to look out for.
These go beyond joint pain and stiffness, as there are less obvious symptoms arthritis that are often ignored.
Here are the 6 sneaky signs of arthritis that everyone misses.
While fatigue can also be a sign of other things, it can often be a sign of arthritis.
"Chronic tiredness, loss of appetite, and weight loss that persists for weeks can all be early warning symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis,"1 says Kristin Oliver, MD, sports medicine and regenerative orthopedic specialist. "Some combination of these symptoms usually appears gradually or suddenly, along with stiffness and pain."
2. Joint Redness
Arthritis inflammation can cause a person's joints to go red.
The most common way this happens is gout, where uric acid crystals collect in the joints, most commonly the big toe.
So, if our big toe is suddenly red, swollen, and in pain, we should go to a doctor.
3. Hot Joints or Hands
Unexplained warmth or heat in the hands can be a sign of arthritis.
"Signs will include hot, painful joints that will occur on both sides of the affected area,"1 says chiropractor Dr. Alex Tauberg. "For instance someone with inflammatory arthritis is likely to have hot painful joints in both hands rather than just one."
4. Issues Looking Up
If someone has trouble looking up for extended periods of time because of stiffness or pain, it is another sign to be on the lookout for.
"Looking up for extended periods causes stiffness and pain," Dr. David Shapiro says. "Both of these are signs that one is getting arthritis in their neck."1
5. Bumps on the Fingers
Bumps on the fingers is another sign of arthritis.
Called rheumatoid nodules, they are firm lumps under the skin that appear close to arthritic joints.
They vary in size, from being as small as a pea to being as big as a walnut and should be shown to a doctor immediately.
6. Flu-Like Symptoms
Arthritis can often present with symptoms that appear flu-like due to the inflammation caused. These include a high fever, sweating, and loss of appetite.
These are the little known early warning signs of arthritis to look out for that many people miss. It is a hard disease to live with, but scientists have discovered a 'Master Switch' that controls inflammation inside the body, as well long-term conditions like arthritis...
As well as how to potentially turn it off.