How to get treatment for arthritis pain FAST - do this for immediate treatment

Arthritis symptoms include pain, tenderness and swelling in affected areas.

There are over 200 forms of the condition, according to Arthritis Research UK, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

The condition is caused by problems in joints, or when the immune system attacks your joints.

Approximately eight million people suffer from osteoarthritis alone, according to the NHS.

You could get diagnosed with the condition in one NHS appointment by following some simple steps.                                                                                                 

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“It’s possible to get a diagnosis in the first appointment,” said Benjamin Ellis, a Rheumatologist and Senior Policy Adviser at Arthritis Research UK.

“I would always recommend before they see a doctor is just to have a think through of what your symptoms are, when it began, what makes them worse, anything you’ve tried that helps, because that’s going to help with the diagnosis.

“Very often just from listening and asking questions and examining people you can make the diagnosis.

“We all do it - we go to the doctor and our mind goes blank - but if we’ve got two or three things written down that you really want to make sure are checked that’s really helpful.”

During this first appointment you may get an initial diagnosis, or may be told to come back in a few weeks to see how you’re getting on.

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