Arthritis After Stress

What Causes Stress-Induced Arthritis?

Stress-induced arthritis can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose stress-induced arthritis, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "stress-induced arthritis" as a symptom.  For example, hypothyroidism.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
unexplained sadness/crying
missing outer third of eyebrows
short-term memory failure
hypothyroidism in family members
having hard stools
T4-only thyroid hormone use
hyperthyroidism in family members
regular postprandial somnolence
low T3 free level
brittle fingernails
depression with anxiety
fatigue for over 3 months
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of stress-induced arthritis.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate joint problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have arthritis that seemed to appear after some physical, emotional or other stress?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Probably, but I am not certain
→ Yes, it is a minor problem but easily manageable
→ Yes, it is a significant problem affecting my life
→ Yes, it is a severe, debilitating problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either possible stress-induced arthritis or stress-induced arthritis, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Hypothyroidism.
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