Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints. It is usually painful. It can cover several joints (when it is known as oligoarthritis) or just one (monoarthritis). There are many different types of arthritis. So far over 100 types have been identified.
Causes can be metabolic problems such as gout, they can be hereditary issues, or they can be illnesses or malfunction of the autoimmune system as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis.
Instances of rheumatoid arthritis can further impact on organs such as the lung and kidneys.
Rheumatologists (arthritis specialists) may need to conduct a number of tests to diagnose arthritis and such tests may include blood, urine, and joint fluid tests as well as X-Rays.
Arthritis is wide-spread. Millions of people are suffering from it right now. Arthritis has no favorite victims. Men, women, children and old people can all suffer from it. Sometimes, it is a matter of suffering mild inconvenience, sometimes it is a matter of intense suffering.
Symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling or simple tenderness. If it is in the hand, there can be a weakness of hand grip. Patients can experience swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, fatigue and even fever.