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Leg joint pain with no sweeling, redness or neat?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 28, 2007
  • 10:15 AM

I am a 27 year old normally healthy male, I don't smoke; and drink socially a few times a week. I am not over weight either. Six weeks ago I had flu-like symptoms (fever & aches all over my body) with strong pains in my legs around the knee and ankle joints. While the flu-like symptoms went away the leg pain remained and got worse. There is no swelling, no redness or no heat around my joints. The pain is worse when I am resting, either sitting up or lying down. I had no injury or trauma before the pain and did not start any new medications either.
After five weeks I vistied my GP who diagnosed a viral infection and gave me anti-inflammatory painkillers and told me to rest up for another week as the infection was still working its way out of my body. I remained in bed for another week but the leg pain has not gotten any better. The pain is much worse in one leg than the other. I have not been able to go to work as moving about on my legs make the pain worse. Driving has become painful as moving my feet on the pedals (I drive a manual) makes my legs ache. Putting shoes and socks on also hurt. I have since been back to my doctor who still thinks it is a viral infection but sent me for blood tests. It will be a week before I get results. He also gave me seditatives so I can sleep at night (the leg pain has been such that I was not sleeping).

Has anybody had a similar experience with a flu or viral infection? It is really starting to get me down. I am an otherwise healthy young male who is not used to having unexplained pain!?!

Regards.

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  • Be prepared to not get an answer from tests. My daughter develops these kinds of joint pains following the slightest of viruses now at about 2 year intervals. They sometimes take up to 4 months until she is pain free. They began after a mycoplasma pneumona when she was 8. Tests have revealed nothing.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 10:35 AM
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  • Get checked for Lyme disease. I'm young and healthy also and am experiencing the exact same thing right now. I'm having the tests run tomorrow.
    de2007 1 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 07:15 PM
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  • I am a healthy male too. I have persistent arm and leg muscle pain for more than half a year. All tests including blood, HIV, brain, leg, spine MRI return nothing. No idea at all.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 09:05 PM
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  • I agree with Lyme and its co infections!! Western blot is the best test, the others give alot of false negs. Part of the Dx is clinical, by symptoms. So write down ALL your symptoms and find a Lyme Literate MD. Be fore warned, most dr's believe lyme is totally cured after a week of abx, but we know its not...go here for lots of info and help www.lymenet.org good luck.
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  • Lyme is a possibility. Could also be Epstein-Barr. You could try a rheumatologist; they deal with muscle/joint pain that isn't orthopedic, and the flu-like symptoms would be a likely trigger for either of the above and a couple other conditions, too. Like Rheumatoid Arthritis.Good luck.
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  • I've gone through a similar experience starting about 6 weeks ago. It hit me basically overnight like a ton of bricks two days after starting oral steroids (Medrol dose pack) for an injured disc in my back. I ended up in the hospital 2 days after starting the steroids with chest pains and an abnormal EKG due to Pericarditis (inflammation around the heart), which was really strange considering steroids are suppose to minimize inflammation, but what they did is make my virus worse. Two days after getting out of the hospital my chest pains eased up only to be replaced by horrible shooting joint pains all over, but mostly in my hands and feet and I had this awful burning sensation under my skin. I went back to the hospital and all my blood work was normal except as slightly high WBC count indicating I was fighting something off (it has since been normal in every test) and positive titers for Coxsackie virus. So, 6 weeks later I still have joint pain (mostly in feet and hand), but I do have to say they have improved and come and go instead of being constant, but I still have them! I have seen 3 Rheumatologists, a Cardiologist, and an Infectious Disease doctor, as well as my primary Doc, who have all told me it is a virus, but 6 weeks of continuing joint pain is ridiculous! I was perfectly healthy before this and very active (ran 25-30 miles per week for 2 years)(besides the back injury) and was even going to run a marathon in October, but had to watch from the sidelines instead :( Three months ago I would have thought nothing of going out and running 10 miles and then going to the gym to lift weights and now I can only walk a mile or two on good days. I finally requested a Western Blot test to rule our Lyme although the ID doctor feels it is unlikely because my joint pain location in uncharacteristic for Lyme and I have no swelling and never did. I get the test back next week, so we'll see. Did you ever get a firm diagnosis and did you get better???
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 04:30 PM
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  • Typical reactive arthritis. It will get better, but it takes time.
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 08:30 PM
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  • I read your original post on your experience and do you have any more information on this? Do you feel it was caused by a virus/infection? How long before the pains completely went away and was there a point where the pains were much better, but not completely gone and would come and go (that feels like what I am going through now). All my bloodwork has been completely normal and they have done some pretty advanced lab work on me for autoimmune diseases. Thank you for responding.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 08:56 PM
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  • OK, this happened to me 10 years ago (I was 40 then). I started to feel soreness in my heels, especially when I got out of bed in the morning. Then it got worse and I had constant pain and a burning sensation in the soles of my feet. Sometimes I had a feeling of numbness. After a while I got even worse. I could not walk at all and developed the same condition in my hands (palms). A month later my twin sister developed similar symptoms, but not as severe. Two weeks later her husband (a doctor himself) had a very mild variation on the same theme, but his symptoms only lasted for two weeks. I couldn’t walk for 6 months. I had a mild swelling around the heels (the wrinkles that normally are there were gone) and the afflicted areas were a bit more reddish than normal. I went to six different doctors, all thought I was crazy (one actually asked me if I had been raped and did not want to believe me when I said I hadn’t). They had run all kinds of tests which all came back negative. A colleague of mine is a radiologist, and she run MRI on my feet and we could clearly see on T2-weighted pictures that there was a thin inflamed layer under the skin. Finally when I started to recover I met a good rheumatologist who explained everything to me. I remember he called the reaction in my feet panniculitis. I talked to three people who had experienced something similar and nobody could ever figure out what was wrong. My theory is that a stomach flue started it. Our whole family had been skiing in France and we had had a horrible stomach infection. We had the infection about two months before our feet symptoms and I also developed a severe vertigo before my feet symptoms (the vertigo lasted for about a month and slowly disappeared). I also developed pain in my joints, worst was my lower back and my right knee. What had made things worse, I’m sure, was that three weeks before our ski trip I had gone through mononucleosis, which is a rather serious infection. It took three years before I recovered completely. Today my feet soles are wrinkled as usual. All pains have subsided and I am no longer dizzy. At the time I searched Medline for weeks on sore feet without finding anything published. I found though interesting articles on the topic of reactive arthritis. My rheumatologist’s theory is that these two infections upset my immune system and made it overreact. This is how most of the autoimmune conditions start. There is often an infection starting it. Often a stomach infection like Yershinia, Salmonella, Shigella. The prognosis is good, but it may take some time. Maybe my story can help?
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 09:14 PM
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  • Presently, I am facing the same problem as stated in the original post. My pain shifts from one location to another, first in the wrist and fingers and move to arm then to one leg and to other now, I have pain in both legs joint. I noticed that it is little related to flue.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 3, 2009
    • 10:44 AM
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  • I am a 27 year old normally healthy male, I don't smoke; and drink socially a few times a week. I am not over weight either. Six weeks ago I had flu-like symptoms (fever & aches all over my body) with strong pains in my legs around the knee and ankle joints. While the flu-like symptoms went away the leg pain remained and got worse. There is no swelling, no redness or no heat around my joints. The pain is worse when I am resting, either sitting up or lying down. I had no injury or trauma before the pain and did not start any new medications either.After five weeks I vistied my GP who diagnosed a viral infection and gave me anti-inflammatory painkillers and told me to rest up for another week as the infection was still working its way out of my body. I remained in bed for another week but the leg pain has not gotten any better. The pain is much worse in one leg than the other. I have not been able to go to work as moving about on my legs make the pain worse. Driving has become painful as moving my feet on the pedals (I drive a manual) makes my legs ache. Putting shoes and socks on also hurt. I have since been back to my doctor who still thinks it is a viral infection but sent me for blood tests. It will be a week before I get results. He also gave me seditatives so I can sleep at night (the leg pain has been such that I was not sleeping).Has anybody had a similar experience with a flu or viral infection? It is really starting to get me down. I am an otherwise healthy young male who is not used to having unexplained pain!?!Regards.Hi My Daughter is 11 years old she had a very bad flu virus for 10 days after that her leg started to hurt in the top joint now this morning she has woken up telling me her arm hurts we dont know what this is and the doctor just said its from the flu im not happy as a Mum are you feeling any better now.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 3, 2009
    • 06:07 AM
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