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You and Your Health

What Causes Arthritis Pain?

It’s no secret to any person with arthritis that pain comes with the territory.

But what makes arthritis so painful? The Arthritis Foundation offers this list of contributing factors:

  * Arthritis causes painful inflammation (swelling) of the joints.
  * Arthritis—over time—damages joint tissue, causing additional pain.
  * Arthritis leads to a feeling of fatigue, which makes pain feel worse and more difficult to manage.
  * Arthritis can lead to symptoms of stress or depression, making you focus more on pain and lament not being able to do the things you once enjoyed.