Although there are different types of arthritis, some common symptoms of severe arthritis are joint pain or soreness, stiffness and a limp if a knee joint is affected. However, depending on the specific type of arthritis, there are also other symptoms associated with each one, such as joint inflammation, rash, fever and chills. Some different types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, notes WebMD.
Severe rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disorder in which the joint linings are affected. The symptoms associated with RA include joint inflammation, fever, redness and warmth at the affected joints and feeling tired, states Mayo Clinic. In the early stages of the disease, the joints of the hands and feet are affected. Over time, symptoms spread to other body joints, such as the knees, wrists or ankles. In most cases, the joints on both sides of the body are involved. In the later stages of severe RA, a symptom that develops is deformation of the affected joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause other symptoms in other parts of the body, such as very dry eyes or chest pain, as noted by Healthline.
Osteoarthritis is an arthritic condition caused by joint degeneration that can lead to joint pain and stiffness, as noted by WebMD. As the condition worsens over time, there can be joint dysfunction. Severe osteoarthritis that affects the knees can lead to a limp and a deformation of the knees that gives the appearance of being bow legged due to severe joint dysfunction. In this case, knee replacement surgery is a possibility.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two of nearly 100 different types of arthritis. A type, such as infectious arthritis, can cause symptoms that include fever, severe pain and chills.