Arthritis Diagnosis Could You Have Arthritis? Are You Experiencing Arthritis Symptoms? By Carol Eustice | Reviewed by Grant Hughes, MD Updated October 27, 2016 Share Pin Email More in Arthritis Diagnosis Basics Symptoms Joint Pain Rheumatoid Arthritis Psoriatic Arthritis Gout Ankylosing Spondylitis Types and Conditions Medications Diet and Exercise Natural Treatments Assistive Devices and Mobility Aids Surgery and Research Coping Frequently Asked Questions View All 1. Have you experienced persistent pain in one or more of your joints? SHUBHANGI GANESHRAO KENE/Getty Images Yes, my joint pain has persisted for several weeks. My joint pain just started. I rarely have felt joint pain. I have no joint pain. 2. Do you have pain in one or more joints that worsens with movement or activity? Yuri_Arcurs/Getty Images I have constant joint pain. My joint pain tends to worsen with increased movement or activity. I have intermittent joint pain but movement does not make it worse. 3. Do you experience stiffness in affected joints, especially in the morning? RUSS ROHDE/Getty Images Yes, I experience joint stiffness that is worse in the morning. I do experience joint stiffness but it is worse at night. I do experience joint stiffness but there is no definite pattern as to when it occurs. I do not have joint stiffness. 4. Do you have one or more swollen joints? Adam Gault/Getty Images I have more than one swollen joint. I have one swollen joint. I have no swollen joints. 5. Does one or more of your joints appear red, feel warm to the touch, or both? PIXOLOGICSTUDIO/Getty Images Yes, there is redness around the affected joint. Yes, the affected joint is warm to the touch. Yes, the affected joint is both red and warm. No, the affected joint is not red or warm. 6. Is the affected joint tender to the touch? Fertnig/Getty Images Yes, the affected joint is extremely tender when touched. Yes, there is some mild to moderate tenderness when the joint is touched. There is no tenderness to the touch with the affected joint. 7. Have you noticed that there is decreased range of motion in the affected joint? iMrSquid/Getty Images Yes, I cannot move or extend the joint as far as I could before. There is slight restriction in the range of motion of the joints affected. No, there is normal range of motion. 8. Have you noticed any joint deformity, especially of the hands or feet? Anne Clark/Getty Images Yes, the affected joints seem misshapen and misaligned. No, the joints have normal appearance. 9. Do you remember falling recently or sustaining an injury which may have affected the joint? Science Photo Library/Getty Images Yes, I did fall recently but I had joint pain before that incident. It is possible that my symptoms are due to a recent injury. I have had no injuries. 10. Do you have a family history of arthritis? Yes, one or more of my immediate family members have been diagnosed with arthritis. I have distant family members who have arthritis. No one in my family has arthritis. 11. Have you been experiencing excessive fatigue since your joint symptoms began? Ariel Skelley/Getty Images Yes, I feel exhausted much of the time. I need to take an occasional nap, but fatigue is not excessive. I have not experienced excessive fatigue. 12. Have you had x-rays that revealed joint damage consistent with arthritis? GILLES PODEVINS/Getty Images Yes, my doctor said there is x-ray evidence of arthritis. I had x-rays but I do not know the results. I had x-rays and there was no evidence of arthritis. Could You Have Arthritis? You got: You may have arthritis. Martin Barraud/OJOImages/Getty Images You have a significant number of the signs and symptoms that are associated with arthritis. Joint pain, joint swelling, joint stiffness, decreased range of motion, and redness or warmth around the affected joint are typically associated with common forms of arthritis. But, other conditions can cause those symptoms. Consult your doctor for a professional evaluation and physical examination. An early, accurate diagnosis is essential for people with arthritis. For some forms of arthritis, early diagnosis leads to early treatment which is imperative for bringing the disease under control, slowing disease progression, and preventing permanent joint damage and disability. Diagnosing arthritis is complicated. There are over 100 types of arthritis, with about a dozen of those being more common. So, "you may have arthritis" is not a diagnosis, Your diagnostician must determine the type of arthritis you have, and it is important for you to know and learn about your type of arthritis. THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Could You Have Arthritis? You got: You have several signs and symptoms associated with arthritis. BSIP/UIG/Getty Images Your score indicates that you have several signs and symptoms that are typically associated with arthritis. Joint pain, joint swelling, joint stiffness, decreased range of motion, and a family history of arthritis are just a few of the signs and symptoms associated with common forms of arthritis. For a thorough examination, consult your doctor. An early, accurate diagnosis is essential. There are over 100 types of arthritis, some of which are more common than others. Some types of arthritis have overlapping symptoms, making diagnosis more difficult. Your doctor will consider your medical history, physical examination, blood test results, and imaging studies to help formulate the diagnosis.The pattern of joint involvement is another characteristic that helps determine the type of arthritis. Joint pain can be caused by other conditions, including joint injury, joint infection, and a tumor around a joint. Arthritis is just one possible cause of joint pain. THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Could You Have Arthritis? You got: You have few to no signs and symptoms associated with arthritis. Brand X Pictures/Tetra Images/Getty Images Your score indicates that you have few to no signs and symptoms that are typically associated with common forms of arthritis. Usual arthritis symptoms include joint pain, joint swelling, joint stiffness, and decreased range of motion. If you are experiencing joint problems, consult your doctor for a thorough examination and accurate diagnosis. Arthritis is just one possible cause of joint pain. Joint injury, joint infection, and a tumor near the joint also can cause joint pain and mimic arthritis symptoms. THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. 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