Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis in which the body’s own immune system attacks tissues in the joints. According to a new study, having difficulty doing certain activities, like getting dressed or walking, can occur up to two years before a person is diagnosed with the disease. The study is significant because it shows the need for early treatment of the disease. Knowing the early symptoms can help you to get your aging relative treatment for rheumatoid arthritis as soon as possible.

Below are some early signs of the disease.

Home Health Care Sonoma CA - Early Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Home Health Care Sonoma CA – Early Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fatigue

The older adult may feel extremely tired or even depressed because of the disease. It is believed to be a reaction to building inflammation in the body. Fatigue can make it hard to have the energy to do everyday tasks. It can also make them withdraw from social activities because they are too tired to participate. You may start to notice your aging relative’s house looking messier than usual or they might stop coming to regular family functions.

Stiffness

The older adult might wake up feeling stiff and have some difficulty moving. This kind of stiffness may last for hours. It can also happen after the senior has remained still for a long period of time. Another kind of stiffness that can occur happens in small joints, such as in the fingers. It occurs gradually and can last for days.

Low Grade Fever

The inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can cause a slight fever. The older adult might feel generally ill. This sign often occurs along with fatigue.

Tender Joints

Joints in the hands and feet may feel tender when touched or moved. The most common joints to be affected by this are in the bases of the fingers and toes. The middle joint of the fingers may also be affected. Painful joints in the feet may cause them to walk on their heels.

Numbness and Tingling

Seniors might experience tingling and numbness in their hands or feet. This is caused by inflammation that presses on nerves, interrupting signals that allow them to feel sensations.

If your older family member is diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, home health care can help them to manage tasks that are difficult because of the disease. A home health care provider can help with things like buttoning shirts or tying shoes. Home health care providers can also perform household tasks like cleaning, doing laundry, making beds, and cooking. And, if driving is a problem because of stiff and painful joints, home health care can offer transportation to the places your aging relative needs to go.

Sources:  https://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/news/20190510/rheumatoid-arthritis-signs-can-show-up-early
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319810.php
https://www.healthline.com/health/early-signs-rheumatoid-arthritis

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