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Joint Pain Getting Worse

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 30, 2006
  • 02:19 AM

I've had an aching pain in my wrists for the past few years. Recently I've started getting the pain in my knees, ankles and left elbow. I also have migraines and digestive problems, such as acid reflux. I also have a pricking feeling in my fingers and toes sometimes. I've been to a clinic doctor who told me I'm fine, but I don't think he took me seriously because I am so young and 30lbs overweight. The only thing he told me was that my iron levels are normal but on the low side and my ankles are very loose. Has anyone here dealt with anything similar? Thanks

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  • Hi there, I've never used this site before so bear with me please. Diffuse joint pain occuring in several joints over a prolonged period could indicate some form of autoimmunity. I hate to be so broad, but we don't know your age, gender, excercise lifestyle info or other pre-existing conditions. CD and UC people have troubles with arthritis type symptoms very often. Do you eat right, take any vitamins? Have you every seen a nutritionist? Also, any sleep trbls? Good luck and feel better! I had similar symptoms and noticed a huge difference simply depending on water intake and diet changes.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2006
    • 02:30 AM
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  • Hi Thanks for responding. I'm a 23 year old female. I went to the gym for 3 years, but never lost a pound so I haven't been for a year. I feel that I am getting worse, it is sometimes difficult for me to climb stairs. I am starting to feel like an old woman.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2007
    • 03:32 AM
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  • Have you had your Thyroid tested? Hypothyroidism (low) can manifest in joint pain, stiffness, muscle fatigue, general fatigue, etc. Research it on the net before going to have tests, as the more knowledge, the more power. Remember everyone, your body is yours and the future of medicine is in the patient taking control.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 7, 2007
    • 11:37 AM
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  • I've had an aching pain in my wrists for the past few years. Recently I've started getting the pain in my knees, ankles and left elbow. I also have migraines and digestive problems, such as acid reflux. I also have a pricking feeling in my fingers and toes sometimes. I've been to a clinic doctor who told me I'm fine, but I don't think he took me seriously because I am so young and 30lbs overweight. The only thing he told me was that my iron levels are normal but on the low side and my ankles are very loose. Has anyone here dealt with anything similar? ThanksFor the joint pain, I had the exact same type of symptoms- bilateral pain in multiple joints (and your characteristics- young & overweight) & my doc began doing testing to rule different things out since these symptoms can occur in lots of situations. He ruled out a few things & did a very specific test to check for rheumatoid arthritis & unfortunately that is what it was- *sigh*. If it continues & you doc won't do anything, keep insisting he at least rule you out for the biggies like (lupus & rheumatoid arthritis). Whatever it is, if they catch it early, treatment will greatly decrease any complications & in a weird way I felt relieved to have an official diagnosis. I hope you do not have to deal with anything like this & the pain will just go away- but don't let up! For the pain I use ibuprofen, hot baths, & lots of water seems to really reduce the chronic pain, & gentle exercise only(walking, swimming, & biking)- avoid anything that jarrs the joints- running, jumping, & avoid stairs if at all possible- so many other ways to be active.Good luck & I hope you find some answers soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 02:56 PM
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  • Yes I am going through the same thing right now too and I am 24. My pain has come on quite severe and quite suddenly. Although I've tested negative for the Rheumatoid Arthritis Blood Test, my Ortho said that is very common and not suprising at all. I had a bone scan yesterday to confirm a diagnosis of RA so we'll see if that's actually what it is. Right now painkillers are not helping me. The severe pain is in my wrist and up my arm. I have been in a splint 24/7 for over a month now and nothing is improving so far. I've had less severe joint pain for a long time. I'd also like to point out that I have extremely flexible joints. Im as close to being double jointed without being double jointed as you can get. I've been told that means I will most likely injure/overuse them more than most people which could be why this is happening, could not.
    angelluvbug82 23 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
    • 05:02 AM
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  • I've had an aching pain in my wrists for the past few years. Recently I've started getting the pain in my knees, ankles and left elbow. I also have migraines and digestive problems, such as acid reflux. I also have a pricking feeling in my fingers and toes sometimes. I've been to a clinic doctor who told me I'm fine, but I don't think he took me seriously because I am so young and 30lbs overweight. The only thing he told me was that my iron levels are normal but on the low side and my ankles are very loose. Has anyone here dealt with anything similar? ThanksHi There,I actually have lupus but I also had grave's disease in my twenties and had my thryroid removed. I am now 44 and have taken synthroid for more the twenty years. Over that time period my thyroid levels have fluctuated. Now, with lupus there is certainly joint pain, but before you begin to panic I have also had similar symptoms with low thyroid. And since you mentioned you'd been to the gym with no weight loss I wonder if it's not the problem. Low thyroid is actually a common problem especially for women. Symptoms do resemble some autoimmune diseases. If you do ask your doctor to check your levels make sure that you ask them to check not only T4 but also T3 levels.That's my best guess. Hope you're well soon. Breast cancer suvivor rocks on.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2008
    • 05:30 AM
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  • Hi. My thyroid levels have been checked more times than I can tell you. They are always normal. I was actually finally diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia in January. I've been on methatrexate and lyrica for a few months though it doesn't help my wrists. I pretty much have permanent tendonitis in my wrists. I wear braces as much as possible and do what I can to ease them but nothing really works.....my hands in general hurt a lot. I am learning my limitations for a lot of things. Thanks for posting!
    angelluvbug82 23 Replies
    • November 21, 2008
    • 01:45 AM
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  • I was feeling the same way about a year ago. My health was declining before I knew it. I'm only 48 and feel the inside and joints of my body are well into my 80's or 90's.I could barely walk up a little hill when returning from lunch where I worked at the time. I was so weak on days and I had aches and pains that struck me on different days. My neck hurt so bad to turn it when I'd drive my car to see if on coming traffic was coming and then my arm joints hurt and my wrist joints from time to time. One day they'd be fine and the next I could barely hold a dinner plate or frying pan in my hand to cook something.My family dr. could not find a thing wrong with me other than osteoporosis in my spine and hip, plus osteoarthritis in my spine and is now spreading to other joints in my body.he finally referred me to a rheumy dr. and he diagnosed me with fibromyalgia because of the way he pressed on certain points on my body plus the foggy flue like feeling in my brain, etc.to get to the diagnosis. after he gave me medicine to try and I went back for my follow up and he asked me if I was better, which I was gettting worst by the way, he finally asked me a question no one has asked, " has anyone ever tested your vitamin D level?"My answer was "no".he drew my blood, I went back for a follow up and BINGO! my level was down to 19. I was vitamin D deficient and being so can can cause you to feel absolutely horrible. they're finding out that it's turning into an epidemic in this country.we can't possibly get enough of this sunshine drug in the foods we eat. sitting in the sun for 15 min. a day without sun block is a good way to get the vitamin, but because of the fear of skin cancer, people lather up with the lotion and block the good rays that are needed to produce this vitamin,.Please, just ask your dr to perform a Vitamin D-OH blood test on you. It can't hurt and can even save you from the misery you're suffering if you are deficient in this area.I feel much better than I did a year ago, but I"m going a little at a time.good luck.Linda
    lintek 26 Replies
    • November 24, 2008
    • 01:21 PM
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