Painful Joints or Stiffness in Your Legs? Here’s What You Should Know!
Do you feel stiffness in your legs after sitting for long? And have you started experiencing difficulty when climbing stairs? Well, if you have been experiencing this for long, it could be the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. This is essentially an autoimmune disorder that causes pain and chronic inflammation of joints.
While symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis vary from person to person, some of the common symptoms include:
Fatigue: Feeling tired after long hours of tedious work is common but if you feel unusually tired for days and weeks in a row, it could be the first sign of rheumatoid arthritis.
Morning stiffness: Stiffness of the limbs that lasts for a few minutes is an early sign of rheumatoid arthritis. In some cases, people also experience stiffness after prolonged inactivity like sleeping or sitting.
Joint stiffness: Stiffness of the joints is one of the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Usually begins as stiffness of the hands, it can affect multiple joints over a one or more days.
Joint pain: Stiffness of the joints is followed by pain or tenderness during movement. People with rheumatoid arthritis also experience pain in the fingers, wrists, knees, feet, ankle or shoulders.
Numbness and tingling: While affecting the movement, rheumatoid arthritis creates inflammation of the tendons causing numbness or tingling sensation in the hands and feet.
If you experience one or more of the aforementioned symptoms, make sure to consult a doctor for treatment. While there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, timely treatment including medications, occupational or physical therapy helps in controlling inflammation and ease the pain. Adding to it, you can manage the symptoms by adopting a few lifestyle changes. Here’s a list of habits that’ll help you relieve joint pain:
Exercise regularly: Add at least 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine. Staying physically active helps in strengthening muscles and joints thereby protecting it from further damage. Make sure to consult your doctor to avoid any further inflamed joints or injuries.
Apply heat or cold therapy: Heat therapy including warm baths, hot showers and heating pads help ease the pain and stiffness. Along with this, using cold packs helps numb the pain and reduce swelling as well as inflammation. Before using any of the aforementioned therapies, make sure to consult a doctor for suitable management of rheumatoid arthritis.
Adopt stress management habits: Experts recommend that using stress-relieving techniques like imagery, deep breathing and muscle relaxation can be used to control pain. Additionally, reduced stress also helps in improving sleep quality.
By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-12-31