As a 15-year-old female, I have experienced seemingly random joint and muscle pains for around a year. These include:
Knuckles (hands and feet)
I have also experienced numbness and tingling in the wrists, hands and feet (also seemingly random). Pain is aggravated by movement, but sometimes occurs when I am at rest.
There is no swelling, redness or heat.
My parents have put this all down as growing pains and will not take me to a doctor.
Do you think that is a sensible conclusion? I am scared to visit a doctor alone.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated, thank you.
You need to go to the doctor asap. It could be nothing, or even growing pains, as your parents think, but I had the same problems and after years of tests, they found out I have Systemic Lupus and Fibromyalgia. The sooner you go, the sooner the doctor can help you. My medicine helps TREMENDOUSLY!!!! Please don't take this as that you have it, I'm not a doctor, I just know what my symptoms were. I had all those symptoms, plus a ton of other ones, but I would definately get it checked out! I hope you get feeling better soon!!!
Although your parents have a good intentions I'm afraid they are very wrong. Do your symptoms come and go? Does a hot bath make them feel better? Are you on any medication? I agree with previous poster that you need a doctors appt. Tell your parents it's you're body and you know there's something wrong. Good luck to you.
You must talk your parents into taking you to the doctor. Not taking you is medical neglect. If they won't, do you have another family member who will? An aunt, grandparents, uncle, ect.? Talk to the school nurse or teacher about your problems and ask them to talk to your parents. You should not be left to suffer like this. Have your parents read this, if need be.
By any chance are you double jointed? I ask this cause my bf is completely double jointed and the girl I work with who is only 17 is too. She has been complaining of her knees and legs the most. They have been to the doctors but there is nothing they can do for being double jointed. They just have to take what ever pain reliever works for them.
Do you play sports? Do you just sit around the house? The doctor will probably ask you questions like these at least the ones here where I live do. If you can try and pint point when the pains and other odd feelings started to appear. Like if you were in a car accident or if you got hurt during a game or something. Write down all that you can remember it might have stemmed from. Does the pain get less at night or day? Write down what helps and what doesn't. When you do go to the doctor take the stuff you wrote down to him. Alot of times I forget to tell the doctor something and have to call leave a message for him to call me back so I can tell him. Now I write it all down and just hand everything I wrote down to him. He makes a copy and puts it in my file.
Just something to maybe ease your mind other than thinking you have a horrid disease until you can get to the doctor.
How are your fingernails. Vertical ridges that appear on the nail can indicate disorders as simple as iron deficiency, poor absorption of vitamins and nutrients, overall poor health or they could indicate something as serious as kidney trouble. Vertical ridges, as well as bumpy nails, can also suggest's one is prone to developing arthritis. Ridges running horizontally across the nail can indicate physical or mental stress. White lined bands across the nail beds can signal a protein dificiency.
The things your are experiencing can be from so many things. Don't label your self until the doctor has.
Last edited by FromSqueaky; 04-24-2007 at 10:38 AM.
I too am experiencing, yet undiagnosed, extreme muscular pain. I am on heavy pain meds and muscle relaxors. I've been to numerous mds, specialists and clinics. All they do is medicate, medicate, medicate. I am taking a proactive approach to my on care and had a question regarding nail ridges.
These ridges are measured from which direction? Mine have several ridges on every nail which run from the moon area to fingertip. Are they considered vertical or horizontal? Also any site found which displays photos?
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