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Old 04-03-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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Multiple affected joints-why?

39 yr old male.. for years have had back pain-since teen years. No injuries to speak of except fell on my tailbone once after I tripped backwards over somebody. At age 21, rammed my head under a dock while swimming up from bottom of water and jammed my neck real good- it's been painful ever since.
Been to multiple chiropractors and get temporary relief but no real help.

Latest problems have been adding up and with no apparent cause: Found to have a torn ligament in left knee in 2008 and had scope done.
Tore a ligament in my left wrist while doing pushups- had surgery in 2011. Now I think I re-tore it playing a shooting video game with my son simply by holding the controller awkwardly.
Chronic plantar fascitis in both feet and now have excruciating pain in a very localized spot in my left fascia/heel.
Now in therapy for right shoulder pain- looks like torn labrum.
Joints are always popping and cracking when I move, neck is in constant tension, and lately makes a crunch/pop when I tilt my head back. Chronic heartburn, Knee still hasn't healed well, and get frequent headaches.

I'm 5'11" and about 215 lbs. I've never had any major injuries or done any repetitive motion jobs. I've had very physical jobs, and very sedentary desk jobs. I don't workout like I should because every time I get started, I get some phantom injury like my wrist. My knee and feet keep me from walking or running, and biking makes my neck seize up, as does playing basketball (from looking up too long).

I have a sweet tooth, but not that I sit around and eat boxes of Krispy Kremes all day. I eat reasonably healthy, and even though I am overweight, I have maintained this weight for several years. I barely drink any water. I also have a urinary issue with frequent urination that my urologist can't figure out. So I feel like I'm probably dehydrated.

Just trying to figure out what the deal is. I also feel like I have this constant "brain fog" where I always feel like I am 2 steps behind everyone else mentally. I have a short attention span and can't figure out if it's because I'm always mentally distracted by pain, because something is always hurting 24/7, or if it's just my personality.

Every time I try to address all these things with a doctor, they blow me off and say "what hurts worst now" and then that's all they want to treat, and by treat I mean prescribe the latest anti-inflammatory.

My labs are usually pretty normal except I did have low Vitamin D that I now take a supplement for, and my blood sugar was on the high side, but not in diabetic range. I take a multi, fish oil, and magnesium and calcium supplements.

Any ideas what's up with me? I know age creeps up on us, but this crap has been going on since I was in my 20's.

Thanks for reading this far!

 
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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Re: Multiple affected joints-why?

Hi. You have been through a lot.

You might try researching Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. It can involve laxity in tendons, ligaments and muscles and is frequently connected with other connective tissue disorders. It is a genetic thing. You can have hypermobility without being "double jointed". I always thought my joints were "normal" until I had my first shoulder problem and my orthopedic doctor educated me otherwise.

I have it and didn't start having symptoms until my 30's. My doctor said my body had compensated for it up to that point.

It could account for some of your issues with your neck, shoulder, knee, back, wrist, knee and foot. It can also be indirectly connected with the acid reflux issues and bladder issues. I'm not certain about the brain fog, but a high number of people with hypermobility have fibromyalgia and that can be a symptom for it.

I have benign hypermobility and so far, I'm dealing with problems with: shoulder, wrist, tmj, neck, plantar fasciitis, hip, GERD and IBS that all seem to have an underlying connection. Sometimes when one thing is off it can even trigger other problems. I figure I'm stuck with 'dealing' with this. It can be very frustrating when I have some chronic problems.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a doctor to treat the hypermobility itself. I have tons of specialists... one for each individual joint or issue. I don't have a lot of advice to offer in finding a doctor to treat the underlying causes. I have a lot of my labs come back normal when I'm having problems so I've had my share of doctors visits where I come away with nothing. It can be very frustrating.

I hope this helps.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:43 PM   #3
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Re: Multiple affected joints-why?

From mine and my husband's experiences, I believe that this has a lot to do with normal aging...

Aging affects our joints and body parts more then has been written up...Unfortunately, we abuse them not knowing we are doing this...Twenty years ago I never knew that when you throw someone something that you should always do this underhand...I found this out the hard way...I threw a simple towel to my husband and tore a muscle in my shoulder...Nothing hard, just a regular overhand throw...

Now really being older I expect the aches and pain...Each day is a new adventure...But, it could be worse...It could be something fatal...Take care...ILD....

 
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