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Itchy knees, elbows, and painful joints

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  • Posted By: itchyknees
  • January 2, 2010
  • 07:58 AM

It seems that there should be an explanation for my problems. Is there a smart doctor out there that can link together my symptoms?

My history:
I delivered my first baby 3-2-09. A week before my son was born I developed a PUPPPs rash. This rash is supposed to go away after delivery, but my got much, much worse. It lasted for 6 weeks and I ended up taking a 3 week tapering course of methylprednisolone. The rash was on my belly, chest, arms and legs and the worst thing I've been through in my life.

That resolved and I got what seemed to be a horrible flu 5-09. Fever, chills, muscles aches, severe malaise, cough, sinus congestion, vomiting and diarrhea. That illness lasted about 1 week.

Then about 10 days after that resolved, my knees got itchy red, raised bumps. Shortly after, my knee joints were also very painful. Then my elbows and knuckles (some of them) also got itchy bumps on them and my wrists and elbows were painful too. It seemed the rash and itching would come and go, especially at night.

I went to my doctor who ran a series of blood tests, sent me to a rhumatologist who also ran more tests and said they didn't know what caused it, but that it should go away in a few months. My joints are less painful, but my wrists still hurt if I lift anything heavy or try to push on anything.

It has gotten better, but it flares up at times.
Other possibly important details:
my skin on my face is more dry and itchy in the last 2 months.
I am a small animal veterinarian, so I wonder if this is any possible zoonotic disease.

I do plan to visit my doctors again, but it seems to me like an odd set of symptoms that the rule out list should be fairly short.

Thanks for reading and for any ideas.

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