Tell your doctor about any other symptoms you have. Let your doctor decide how important they are. Symptoms such as overall tiredness, fever, weight loss, chills, or rash may indicate problems with other organs in your body. These symptoms rarely, if ever, occur in osteoarthritis. Instead, they are more commonly found with a bodywide, or systemic, type of arthritissuch as rheumatoid arthritis.
What to Tell About Your Lifestyle
Depending on its severity, osteoarthritis can have a significant impact on your ability to perform normal, daily activities including working, bathing, dressing, and doing household chores. It can also affect your social and leisure life by limiting your ability to go out or participate in physical activities. These limitations can lead to depression, anxiety, and a loss of self-confidence, most of which are related to a loss of independence. Your doctor will likely ask you about these and other limitations brought on by your condition. Make sure you give your doctor plenty of details regarding your symptoms.
- What side effects of arthritis medication should I watch for?
- Arthritis Physical Exam: What is my doctor looking for?
- Am I at risk for osteoarthritis?
- How much should I exercise to help my osteoarthritis?
- What do I need to know about alternative and complementary arthritis therapies?
- Does stress affect my arthritis?
- What causes arthritis symptoms?
- What does arthritis feel like?