What’s causing your achy joints?

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When it rains or gets cold outside, some people blame Mother Nature for the painful flare-ups they feel sync with barometric pressure fluctuations. Other individuals notice their joint pain feels worse when they do certain things, like taking stairs, straightening their legs, or lifting groceries.

Some folks only feel weakness, instability, and stiffness early in the morning after they wake up (and before they get moving). Other patients have severe aches, sharp pain, redness, and swelling that is only temporary after they've experienced an accident or injury.

No matter the cause of your sore joints, living with even a little bit of inconvenient pain in your knees, ankles, shoulders, and other joints isn’t something you have to live.

There are treatment options to explore when your joints have stopped doing their important job of supporting your body.

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Treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis Often Affects the Joints in Your Hands

Before getting a formal diagnosis, some people living with rheumatoid arthritis second guess their achiness, swelling, and fatigue, believing the symptoms are all in their head.

Others may try and ignore the shooting pain caused by the often-debilitating disease for as long as they can, not wanting to be identified as someone who is sick with a chronic “invisible illness.”

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The connections between your weight and arthritis

Weight and Arthritis

We all know that being overweight can exacerbate or cause a variety of health problems. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes, have direct links to excess weight. It surprises some people to learn that arthritis is also affected by a person's weight. Obesity - when weight is considerably higher than considered healthy for a certain size - doesn't just make arthritis worse, it actually increases the risk of getting some types of arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) note that one in three obese Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis - compared to one in five Americans in general.

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Common types and symptoms of arthritis

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Arthritis is a disease that takes many forms but all of them cause pain and discomfort in joints such as your wrists, fingers, knees and hips. It is often though that little can be done for arthritis...that is just a symptom of growing older. however, there are many treatment options for arthritis and arthritis can happen at any age. 

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