Regardless of the type of arthritis, the common symptoms for all arthritis disorders include varied levels of pain, swelling, joint stiffness, and sometimes a constant ache around the joint(s). Arthritic disorders like lupus and rheumatoid can also affect other organs in the body with a variety of symptoms.
It is common in advanced arthritis for significant secondary changes to occur. For example, in someone who has limited their physical activity:
These changes can also impact on life and social roles, such as community involvement.