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Posted by Lena on March 09, 2000 at 07:49:08:

In Reply to: Re: joint pain all over posted by Ken G. on October 09, 1999 at 20:14:17:

: : Howdy, I am a 43 year old male. I began having RA like symptoms at about age 38 after a bout of arm wrestling with my sons. I had no previous history of the condition prior to this. It started with sore shoulders and over the past 5 years has progressively spread throughout the rest of my body. Most of the time it is managable with the judicious use of various medications. Formerly I was an avid jogger and have had to give it up. I have seen several doctors without a firm diagnosis being arrived at. I test negative for the RH factor. Most of my problem manifests itself as tendonitis like symptoms in the joint areas, and I may rarely have the classic inflamed swollen joint. Usually finger or toe joints. Oddly, I also have bouts where I seem to loose elasticity in large tendons. The classic "disease modifying" drugs have not worked for me. The only thing that makes any noticable difference is cortical steroids and we all know the hazards associated with those. I have tried "ENBREL" with no noticable effect. Have been gobbling ARTRO 7 for a month. Can't say as I've seen any tangible results there yet, either. Anyone have any ideas? The doctors I have seen refer to me as a "strange bird".!!?? Have a good one!
: Ken G.

Has anyone ever suggested fibromyalgia as a source of your pain? It can be diagnosed by
a rheumatologist but it is more difficult. I have had swollen joint problems since the age of 17,
I am now 30 and fibromyalgia is the closest they have come to diagnosing the problem.

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