Describe arthritis pain

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Arthritis can cause both acute as well as chronic pain. Acute pain is temporary, lasting a few minutes or longer but leaves. Chronic pain may last for months, years or a lifetime.

The pain of arthritis comes from different sources, such as joint inflammation, and tendon/ligament or muscle strain. Bursitis occurring next to a joint can also cause pain.

Multiple factors contribute to arthritis pain. These include swelling due to fluid inside the joint, severity of inflammation, as well as the extent of damage within the joint. In addition, central nervous system neurotransmitter activity may also influence pain perception.

Pain is often assessed using a visual analogue scale, rating pain on a level of one to ten.

Words like aching, burning, stinging, or throbbing also can be used to describe arthritis pain.

People also have different thresholds for pain. This is particularly evident in patients with fibromyalgia where the pain threshold is abnormally low.

Typically osteoarthritis will cause pain at night. Some people complain more of stiffness than pain. People with rheumatoid arthritis typically have a lot of stiffness as well as pain in the morning.

Patients who have pain due to a pinched nerve in the neck or low back will have numbness and tingling along with the pain.

The pain of polymyalgia rheumatica is a deep throbbing aching pain.

A pain diary to record pain sensations can be useful. On a daily basis, a patient can record situations that cause or alter the intensity of pain, the sensations and severity of pain, and reactions to the pain. This activity is particularly useful for patients with fibromyalgia.

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