Have you ever asked yourself or heard a loved one say, "Why do I have pain in my joints?". With more than 3.9 million Australians suffering from arthritis it's more than likely you have.
But what is arthritis and why does it cause "pain in my joints"?
According to Arthritis Australia, ‘Arthritis’ is a name for a group of conditions affecting the joints. These conditions cause damage to the joints. Usually resulting in pain and stiffness. Arthritis can affect many different parts of the joint and nearly every joint in the body.
Which sounds pretty awful but the diagnosis and outlook isn't all bad. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. Understanding the type of arthritis you have and how to manage it is step one.
So, let's discuss some of the key culprits in the arthritis world. And perhaps get closer to answering the question of "Why is there pain in my joints?
Originally, OA was thought to be a 'wear and tear' condition. But more recently OA is found to be the result of joints working overtime to repair damaged tissue. In other words, OA is the result of your joints trying to fix themselves. OA affects the entire joint including cartilage, bone, muscles and ligaments. It can be found in any joint of the body. But surfaces most often in the knees, hips, finger joints and big toe.
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
With AS the joints of the neck, back and pelvis become inflamed causing pain and stiffness. The joints that connect the base of your spine to your pelvis are often effected. These are known as the sacroiliac joints. Many other areas of the body can be affected as well.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
The normal role of a healthy immune system is to fight off infection. Unfortunately in the case of RA this is what causes the pain. As an auto immune disease, RA is when your body starts to attack it's own health tissue. RA is usually found in the smaller joints such as the hands and feet.
Psoriatic Arthritis (PA)
This is a very specific type of arthritis as it usually only affects people who have the skin condition, psoriasis. Only one or two people out of every ten with psoriasis will develop PA. PA can affect all joints and causes inflammation which leads to stiff, painful and many times, swollen joints.
Fibromyalgia symptoms can be felt in all different parts of the body. Although fibromyalgia does not cause damage or inflammation it does cause muscle stiffness and pain. Sleep issues and extreme tiredness (fatigue) are other common symptoms.
Gout is unique in that an attack can happen suddenly, even overnight. Gout forms small crystals in and around the joint causing pain, swelling and inflammation. The swollen and painful condition usually affects one joint at a time, often the big toe.
Lupus, like Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune condition that attacks healthy tissue. This causes swelling in the joints, most commonly in the hands and feet.
There are many conditions that could be the reason you are asking "Why do I have pain in my joints?" and the best course of action is to work with your doctor on a diagnosis.
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So, the good news is many people with arthritis and other degenerative joint conditions live full and well lives despite their condition. We hope you have found some great info in this blog. And are encouraged to learn more about these conditions.