Symptoms of rheumatologic disorders can vary depending on the specific condition, but some common symptoms include:
Joint pain and stiffness: This is a common symptom of conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. The pain and stiffness may be present in one or multiple joints and may be worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity.
Swelling and inflammation: This can occur in the joints, soft tissue, and internal organs. The affected area may appear red, warm to the touch, and swollen.
Fatigue: Many rheumatologic conditions can cause fatigue, which is a feeling of extreme tiredness that is not relieved by rest.
Fever: Some rheumatologic conditions such as lupus can cause fever, which is an abnormal elevation in body temperature.
Skin rashes: Rashes can be a symptom of some rheumatologic conditions such as lupus and Scleroderma. They can vary in size, shape, and color.
Muscle weakness: Some rheumatologic conditions can cause muscle weakness, which can lead to difficulty with movements and activities of daily living.
Loss of function: In advanced stages of rheumatologic conditions, the joints may become deformed and lose the ability to move, leading to a loss of function.
Numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and feet: Some rheumatologic conditions can affect the nerves, leading to numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and feet.
It is important to note that not all individuals with rheumatologic conditions will experience all of these symptoms, and some symptoms may be more prominent than others. It is best to consult a rheumatologist at SRV Hospital for a proper diagnosis and treatment.