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Systemic joint pain/stiffness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 15, 2010
  • 01:18 AM

About a week and a half ago I started having severe stiffness and pain in all of my joints- knees, hands, and feet in particular. It is hard to hold things, and even harder to walk or lean. There is no redness, warmth, or swelling at all, though it is usually normal for my knees to be swollen due to previous injury. The extremely frequent "popping" of my hands and feet, which became more common the weeks prior to this, has also stopped.

The day before this started my neck became covered in small, uncolored bumps. I am strongly allergic to many common chemicals and plant derivatives, the number of which seems to be growing. I have had three extremely itchy raised patches on my left leg for months that are unlikely a Lyme rash, and after years of relatively low blood pressure it suddenly increased about a month ago. For about two years I have been dislocating toes, fingers, knees, shoulders, et cetera with alarming frequency (i.e. several times a month), usually while lying down doing absolutely nothing.

I had been taking 600mg of ibuprofen several times a day with no effect at all, and was put on 15mg meloxicam again with no effect and several side effects. There is a family history of arthritis and gout at young ages (18 y.o. female). The doctor suggests it is just a common virus and to wait a few weeks for it to run its course despite no other cold or flu symptoms at all, but at the least some effective pain medication would be helpful. I have classes to attend, and can't even maintain sparse notes for half an hour.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated; Merci beaucoup~

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