About 14 days ago, I woke to find every joint in my body hurt to move. The pain varied from a twinge in toes and fingers, to a severe sharp pain in my knees and hips.
The pain seemed centred more on ligaments than muscles or bones. The best I can describe to the pain is a bad strain from lifting too much weight the previous day? It is always worse first thing in the morning or after any period of inactivity and can be reduced with light activity such as walking.
It gradually got worse over this 14 day period to the extent that I couldn't hold a mug to my mouth as it hurt too much, I walked with a very odd gait due to the pain and stairs had to be done by pulling myself along the wall/rails.
I have been to my doctor who immediately thought arthritis - hence why I am posting this here. Every one (literally) on my Mum's side for two generations has arthritis in one form or another. However blood tests from my GP have not shown signs of this.
I was also tested for viral infections or kidney problems, again all clear.
The pain DOES subside with anti-inflammatory drugs. I have been prescribed 1000mg Naproxen per day, and this does ease the pain.
I am going back to my GP in a few days to discuss things further but am looking for any suggestions on things I can ask that may help diagnose the problem? I do not want to keep taking pills not knowing what the cause of the problem is!
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Blood tests to diagnose arthritis can help but can also be mis-leading. Many forms of arthritis have no positive blood work as a sign and are called "sero-negative" and can be anything from rheumatoid arthritis to an entire group of them called the sero-negative spondyloarthropathies. Those have spine arthritis with them.
So lack of anything in the blood tells you very little. And it might show up later....or not.
The most common cause of all over body pain is a reaction to a past virus or infection that has left a calling card behind in the form of chronic joint pain. It's the body's reaction to the virus or bacteria. And it slowly goes away by itself but it can take several weeks to months to go away. Have you been sick in the past couple of months?
If not, then I'd ask about a referral to a rheumatologist(arthritis specialist) for further testing and clinical observation. Most forms of arthritis that start so suddenly are diagnosed by being watched over a period of time by a doc who knows the patterns of inflammation...where it hits, whether you hurt more in the AM or PM, which joints hurt and which don't and anything else they can find.
One of the most common forms of arthritis in young males is one that can follow the STD chlamydia. But it can also follow one of 3 forms of food poisoning. And it may take a while to surface. Any of those ring a bell?
There are over 100 types of arthritis and they are discovering more every year as the tests find more and more problems. They've always been there but we didn't have the tests to find them or the patience of the docs to identify them. Sometimes it just takes watching and waiting to identify a form.
In the meantime, keep a journal of how the pain acts. When is it worse and where. Does anything in particular make it worse...anything from being out in the sun to a particular activity. And food affect it? How about when you are asleep...does pain wake you up? Make note of things like not being able to pick up your mug and where does it hurt the most...hand? fingers? wrist? elbow? shoulder?
I'm sorry you've come here seeking info. No one should have to battle these disorders. And I will be praying it is only the aftermath of a virus or infection as that will go away with time. They can't cure the others.
Here if you have questions or support or you need a place to vent how frustrating this all is. We all understand.
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I have no recent sickness or food poisoning. Not so much as a cold or belly ache!
I didn't medicate last night so I could properly catalogue my symptons - regretting that now as I can hardly stand up!
But the symptons are (from the feet up):-
Pain in the front of my shin if I curl my toes or point my foot up.
Pain all around the ankle if I rotate my foot.
Knees click if I raise my foot when sitting and pain in the front/outside of my thigh by the knee joint - it is also tender to touch here.
Pain in the knee area when I stand along with with pain in my hip where it is also tender to touch.
Pain in the centre lower back when I stand up or stand still.
Pain in both elbow joints if I fully straighten or bend the joint - NO pain on the muscle if I flex my bicpep.
Pain in the elbow joint if I rotate my wrists.
Pain in the elbow joint and wrist if I make a fist
Pain across my shoulders if I turn my head or fully raise an arm.
No pain above neck level, no headache, no fever, no sickness.
The pain is bad enough that I cannot stand straight up from sitting with either really taking my time and going slow, or being helped. I could not walk down the stairs this morning without slowly lowering myself with the bannisters. I cannot hold a mug in my left hand for a prolonged period before having to put it down due to pain in that elbow (my left is far worse than my right - I am left handed?!)
My hips ache when I sit and my shins ache constantly.
Oh dear- this sounds awful! I think you should definitely see a rheumatologist! They specialise in all forms of arthritis & will know how to track your condition & treat it! Much better to find out what it is & target the condition rather than the symptoms! Best of luck & let us know how you go!
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I should say that I have since found that arthritis is very common on my Mum's side of the family, she has it, her sister has it, her brother and mum and dad had it!
My doctor didn't completely rule out tendinitus, but felt that arthritis was far more likely at this stage.
I have now had second set of bloods, should this show the same or worse levels of inflammation I am going to get a referal to a rheumatologist.
Some new pain started today, the heels of my feet and palms of my hand hurt when pressure is put on them! Although this could be more due to the fact I am walking strangely and putting undue pressure on different parts of my feet? Not sure about the hands though!
Good! A first step in the right direction. I hope you get in quickly and they can figure out what is happening to you. Even if the don't have a formal diagnosis, they can treat the symptoms. You need some relief.
It may take some time to get a diagnosis and it may also take time to get the right drug combo to help. They have to try different things until they figure out what works. But it is worth the journey.
Let me know how the first appointment goes and we are always here if you need us.
Well, finally got a letter to advise of consultation....May 9th.
Can anyone tell me what to expect on a first consultation? Any info I should take along? I am keeping a diary of all my aches and pains and am now adding to it what food I am eating every day, as well as keeping a note of all the meds I take and when. The letter said I should take a urine sample and details of any prescribed/bought drugs/medications. Is there anything else I can do to aid a faster diagnoses?
Hi my relative told me to tell everyone that a lemon every day squeezed into a pitcher (glass) of water and drank through out the day does wonders for arthritis. If there are extra deposits it may help dissolve these. I would also try to avoid foods with extra calciums or phosphates added. One doctor says some arthritis patients seem to react in an allergic way to the nightshade family of plants such as the potato, tomato, paprika, pepper. Candida sometimes causes allergies in the first place.