Arthritis symptoms: Signs you could be SUFFERING from condition

The symptoms include early morning joint stiffness, tiredness, and a general feeling of being unwell, according to investment group Arthritis Research UK.

Weight loss, mild fevers, night sweats and skin rashes are also signs of the condition, it added.

There are two main types of arthritis; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis most commonly affects joints are those in the hands, spines, knees and hips. 

The pain is caused after a severe amount of cartilage is lost between the joints, forcing bones to rub across each other.

This alters the shape of the joint, and forces the bones out of their normal position.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the UK, affecting around eight million people in total, according to NHS Choices.

Adults in their late 40s are most at risk of developing the condition, although it’s more common in women than men, and in those with a family history of arthritis.

It can occur at any age, and the risk is increased if you suffer from other joint-related conditions, including gout.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common type of arthritis, with more than 400,000 sufferers in the UK. 

This type of arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks joints in the body.

The outer layer of the joint is affected first, before spreading across to other parts of the joint.

This causes swelling, and may cause the bone and cartilage to break down.

Meanwhile, patients have been reminded that the pain-killer paracetamol has no effect on arthritis pain.

Concerns have also been raised over paracetamol toxicity with long-term use.