5 Illnesses Mistaken for Arthritis

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  • Tendinitis

    Paula Spencer of Caring.com explains that like several types of Arthritis, tendinitis can affect the elbows, knees, hips, wrists, and heels. Usually, tendinitis is caused by overworking the joints. It's a painful condition which can make it difficult painful to move the affected areas. How are arthritis and tendinitis different? Tendinitis affects the tendons of your muscles, while Arthritis is a disorder of the joints.

  • Fibromyalgia

    Similar to Arthritis, Fibromyalgia causes small clusters of pain in the neck, shoulder, back, hips, arms, and legs, according to Paula Spencer. But Fibromyalgia is a much different disease than arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes pain because of physical imperfections in your joints, whereas the origin fibromyalgia pain is still not well understood by doctors.

  • Gout

    Gout may seem very medieval, but its still a common problem, and many mistake it for arthritis, according to Paula Spencer. Like arthritis, gout involves pain caused by inflammation of the joints. Whats the difference? Gout isnt caused by excessive activity, but from built up uric acid in the blood. It doesnt stick around like Arthritis, but comes and goes and turns the joints swollen and purple.

  • Flu

    Is your whole body feeling achy? It could be Arthritis, or it could just be the pesky flu. Paula Spencer explains that arthritis and the flu have similarachy affects. The difference, of course, is that the flu is caused by a virus, not an autoimmune disorder. The flu may make you feel terrible, but it will go away in a short time.