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Rheumatology Symptons

The following symptoms can be associated with rheumatological conditions:

Stiffness and or pain in the muscles, spine or joints throughout the body. Stiffness usually starts in a few joints, often the fingers which become uncomfortable and swell intermittently. Generalised stiffness can be due to polymyalgia rheumatica or inflammatory arthritis. For some people, especially children and teenagers, the first signs may be in their hip or knee.

Pain occurring anywhere in the body where tendons attach to bone (this is called enthesitis), for example, in the elbow, ankle, shoulder or knee.

Inflammation of the eye (uveitis or iritis) – the first sign of this is usually a red (bloodshot), watery and painful eye, and it may become uncomfortable to look at bright lights. This should initially be reviewed by an eye specialist (Ophthalmologist) but can be associated with a number of rheumatology diseases.

Tiredness (fatigue)

Numbness of the hands which can be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dry eyes and dry mouth, which can be associated with arthritis or Sjogren’s syndrome.

Depression and / or irritability.

Flu-like symptoms, feeling generally unwell, hot and sweaty.

Swollen fingers or toes caused by inflammation  in joints and tendons.

Buttock pain, a stiff back or a stiff neck, which can be caused by inflammation in your spine (ankylosing spondylitis).

Pain and swelling in your heels, caused by inflammation where the Achilles tendon attaches to the bone or plantar fasciitis under the heel.

Psoriasis with joint pain, which can be a sign of psoriatic arthritis.

Gout – usually, but not always, presenting as pain and swelling of the big toe.

Low trauma fractures, which may be a sign of underlying osteoporosis or thinning of the bone.


Baddow Hospital’s Private GPs will be happy to discuss any aspects of rheumatology with you. Call today to speak to one of our GPs or to arrange a review with our Consultant Rheumatologist and Private GP, Dr Tom Walton.

Call to arrange an appointment on 01245 474070 or email

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“I was very pleased with everything at Baddow Hospital and I would be more than happy to return (if necessary) Thank you all so much”

Mr G

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