What are the signs and symptoms for Rheumatic Diseases and Arthritis?

Different types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases have different signs and symptoms. In general, people who have arthritis feel pain and stiffness in the joints. Some of the more common symptoms are listed below. Early diagnosis and treatment help decrease further joint damage and help control symptoms of arthritis and many other rheumatic diseases.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis

  • swelling in one or more joints
  • stiffness around the joints that lasts for at least 1 hour in the early morning
  • constant or recurring pain or tenderness in a joint
  • difficulty using or moving a joint normally
  • warmth and redness in a joint