Inflammation is often caused by white blood cells that have begun releasing too many chemicals into the blood stream to fight off foreign bodies, which in turn causes blood flow to increase in those areas and can eventually lead to swelling and redness. This in turn can lead to pain caused by stimulated nerves. Diseases such as arthritis are forms of inflammatory diseases.
Arthritis is one of the most commonly recognized forms of inflammatory disease. Rheumatoid arthritis, shoulder tendinitis, and gouty arthritis are more specific variations of this form of inflammatory disease. Pelvic inflammatory disease is also a commonly recognized form of inflammatory disease.
Many of the signs of inflammatory disease are the same as those you may experience with the flu. These can include fever, chills, loss of appetite, and fatigue. Redness and swollen joints, joints being warm to the touch, and even loss of joint function are common with the onset of inflammatory disease.
While most of the symptoms associated with inflammatory disease will be experienced one at a time, it is possible to suffer some of them simultaneously. These can include muscle stiffness, joint pain and stiffness and headaches.
There are several steps needed to make a diagnosis of inflammatory disease. First you must undergo a physical examination and give a complete medical history. Then an evaluation will be made of where and when you are experiencing joint pain and stiffness. This is usually followed by X-rays and other specialized medical tests.
Many suffers of inflammatory disease will take medications to relieve pain and inflammation. You can also try a physical therapy routine to work through stiffness, or use canes and braces to help as needed. It is also a good idea to modify your daily activities that cause pain.
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