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Joint pain and stiffness are the main symptoms of arthritis, and they typically worsen with age. Depending on the type of arthritis a person has, symptoms may also include swelling, redness and decreased range of motion. Pain may worsen with activity or be at its worst first thing in the morning upon waking. For many people with arthritis, the pain is so severe that it limits their ability to perform daily tasks and negatively affects their quality of life.
Pain may be mild or severe, and may be continual or it may come and go in what are called flares. The pain may also be localized in one or more joints and is often accompanied by swelling, stiffness, redness and decreased range of motion. Some people may have pain and stiffness upon waking up in the morning, while others have pain after exercise. In some cases, the pain also occurs while at rest. For many people, the pain of arthritis is so severe that it significantly hinders their ability to perform daily tasks, work and participate in social activities, and negatively impacts their overall quality of life.