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:
major swelling at front of neck
elevated TSH
frequent postprandial somnolence
brittle hair
depression with some anxiety
poor concentration during cycle
history of frequent dieting
macrocytic red cells
low free T4
difficulty losing weight
low T3 free level
... 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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