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Reactive arthritis may cause arthritic symptoms such as joint pain and inflammation, as well as urinary tract symptoms and conjunctivitis (eye infection). The following are the most common symptoms of reactive arthritis. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.
Symptoms may include:
Joint pain and inflammation that often affect the knees, feet, and ankles
Inflammation of the tendon that is attached to the bone (called enthesopathy), which may cause heel pain or the shortening and thickening of the fingers
Heel spurs, which are bony growths in the heel that can cause chronic pain
Spondylitis (inflammation of the spine)
Sacroiliitis (inflammation of the lower back joints)
Urinary tract symptoms
Increased urinary output
Burning sensation during urination
Discharge from penis
Inflamed prostate gland (prostatitis)
Inflamed urethra, causing a burning sensation during urination
Inflamed fallopian tubes (salpingitis)
Inflamed vulva and vagina (vulvovaginitis)
Painful and irritated eyes
Inflamed mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and eyelid (conjunctivitis)
Inflammation of the inner eye (uveitis)
The symptoms of reactive arthritis may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.