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When You Should See a Doctor About Arthritis Symptoms

Call Your Doctor If:

  • The pain and stiffness come on quickly, whether from an injury or an unknown cause; you may be experiencing the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or another arthritic condition.
  • The pain is accompanied by fever; you may have infectious arthritis.
  • You notice pain and stiffness in your arms, legs, or back after sitting for short periods or after a night's sleep; you may be developing rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or another arthritic condition.
  • A child develops rash and/or pain in the¬†knees, wrists, and ankles, or has fever swings, poor appetite, and weight loss; the child may have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on September 26, 2012

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