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joint problems, doc's can't figure out

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  • Posted By: kricket916
  • July 30, 2007
  • 11:56 AM

I am a 36 yr old F. Arthritis is heriditary in my family & for the past 4 years I have been dealing with symptoms of it starting off mild in hips/legs & is now becoming fairly frequent. (They have determined I have ostio-arthritis, but not rhumatoid) It is quickly becoming more severe & affecting all my joints. When it strikes (usually about 2ce a year each attack lasting 2 weeks to a month. Attacks tend to come in sets of 2 *flair up, receed, flair up, receed*) This time it is not ending, just attacking in waves. I become very weak & fatigued, feel freezing cold even in 80+ degree weather, can walk only short distances (feet, not blocks) and become sensitive to being touched by anything. I also have mild hypoglycemia, migraines, underwent reconstructive knee surgery 3 months ago that is not rehabing well, have chronic insomnia, low bone density due to dairy allergies growing up, have had many fractures/sprains/injuries. Doc's are not able to figure out what this is. I was on morphine for the pain but could not function, so have switched to vicodine. Have been tested for all common causes but turned up negative. Any ideas or suggestions are appriciated.

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  • Maybe you have sepsis of the knee which is giving you a type of blood posioning. Even though the operating room is SUPER sterile, orthopedic surgery can introduce germs deep into a joint. Go see your ortho doc and tell him your three worst symptoms.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • Saw the surgeon less than 2 weeks ago, and he has been following the symptoms closely. He put in a refferal to a different ortho surgeon, but had no other info. The joint problems started a couple years ago, but are becoming more severe. The surgery was 3 months ago, but I will have my doc check on that, perhaps that is what is ascerbating the whole thing. Thanks so much for the suggestion. I never thought of anything like that, & none of the docs have mentioned it. Would that explain why sometimes my knee gets VERY warm & feels like it has a fever when i touch it?
    kricket916 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Look up osteomyelitis. Fever, bone pain, swelling, and redness over the infection site are symptoms of acute osteomyelitis Table 1]. A fever is one of the early symptoms of osteomyelitis, and may precede or follow the pain that develops in the infected area of bone. Swelling, redness, warmth, and tenderness also occur over the infected bone, and may occur in nearby joints such as the knee, making movement painful. Back pain is a symptom of vertebral osteomyelitis.:mad: Other symptoms of acute osteomyelitis may include vomiting, chills, and a feeling of general illness or lack of energy.:mad: A blood test may show a high white blood cell count, indicating that your body has launched a counterattack against invading organisms. An open, draining wound over the infected site is also a sign of osteomyelitis, but is more likely to occur later in the progression of the disease, or as a symptom of chronic osteomyelitis.Pain is the foremost symptom of chronic osteomyelitis Table 1]. Chronic osteomyelitis can persist for weeks, months, or years, although there will be times when the patient does not experience any symptoms. When symptoms are present, they include bone pain, fatigue, general discomfort or an ill feeling, recurring infections in the soft tissue above the bone, and an open, draining wound caused when pus formed in the infected bone breaks through the surface of the skin. Hope this helps.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am a 36 yr old F. Arthritis is heriditary in my family & for the past 4 years I have been dealing with symptoms of it starting off mild in hips/legs & is now becoming fairly frequent. (They have determined I have ostio-arthritis, but not rhumatoid) It is quickly becoming more severe & affecting all my joints. When it strikes (usually about 2ce a year each attack lasting 2 weeks to a month. Attacks tend to come in sets of 2 *flair up, receed, flair up, receed*) This time it is not ending, just attacking in waves. I become very weak & fatigued, feel freezing cold even in 80+ degree weather, can walk only short distances (feet, not blocks) and become sensitive to being touched by anything. I also have mild hypoglycemia, migraines, underwent reconstructive knee surgery 3 months ago that is not rehabing well, have chronic insomnia, low bone density due to dairy allergies growing up, have had many fractures/sprains/injuries. Doc's are not able to figure out what this is. I was on morphine for the pain but could not function, so have switched to vicodine. Have been tested for all common causes but turned up negative. Any ideas or suggestions are appriciated.Try Emu Oil. It works good for my moms arthritus.
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  • Dear Kricket...The best thing I ever did was to find NAET/Bioset therapy. No matter what your "diagnosis" this helps. You can google NAET/Bioset and enter your local area and you will find these docs all over the world...not even just here in the USA.I wish you well...this is some of the most helpful advice I was given here in this forum by a very gracious girl.Be Well...I hope you will try it out...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
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