What other symptoms might occur with joint pain?

Joint pain often occurs in conjunction with other signs and symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Other symptoms can include joint swelling, redness, and fever. Tell your health care provider about any additional symptoms you are experiencing. This information will help your health care provider diagnose the reason of your pain.

Other joint symptoms that may occur with joint pain

Joint pain may occur with other symptoms related to the joint, including:

  • Joint noise (clicking, popping, crackling) 
  • Redness
  • Reduced mobility (range of motion of the joint)
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Visible deformity of the affected joint

Other symptoms that may occur along with joint pain

Joint pain may accompany symptoms that may seem unrelated to the joint, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Aching muscles
  • Butterfly-shaped rash over bridge of nose
  • Dry mouth and skin
  • Fatigue
  • Fever not associated with flu symptoms
  • Flulike symptoms such as fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, and headache
  • Increased urine output
  • Rash
  • Scaly patches of skin
  • Yellow skin and eyes with dark urine output (jaundice)

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, joint pain may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition, such as rheumatic fever, which should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Symptoms that may indicate a serious or life-threatening condition include:

  • Bleeding from minor injuries
  • Chest pain
  • Debilitating pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain in several joints with rash
  • Rapid, jerky movements
  • Redness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Unexplained weight loss


What is joint pain?

Joint pain is the sensation of discomfort or soreness in a joint or joints of the body. Joints are the spaces or areas where two or more bones meet, such as the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle. Joint pain can occur with or without movement and can be severe enough to limit movement. People may describe joint pain as discomfort, inflammation, increased warmth or burning, soreness, stiffness... Read more about joint painintroduction


What causes joint pain?

Joint pain can be due to fairly mild conditions, such as an overuse injury or sprain that responds well to rest and self-care measures.

Joint pain can also be due to traumatic injuries (dislocations), infections (septic arthritis or rheumatic fever), autoimmune diseases (Sjogren’s syndrome), chronic degenerative conditions (arthritis), or malignancy (cancer). Some of these disease... Read more about joint paincauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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