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    Old 12-20-2006, 02:46 PM   #1
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    Question Sudden onset of joint/bone pain with sore throat

    Hello, this is my first post on this forum and need some help with a condition I hope someone else may have had and can advise me further. I have had osteo-arthritis for many years but other than the bulgy finger joints with little or no pain and a knee with bone on bone I live with, things were ok until last week when bigtime pain in many joints, worse in extremeties like ankles/feet, wrists/hands with severe swelling and as mentioned a sore throat but NO fever. On last Thursday My Doc treated it first as possible flu involved but those meds didn't touch it and this past Monday he had me take Prednisone and 6 hours later I had wonderful relief but after a decent Tuesday, today is more painful but I can function fairly well. The pain level with movement is in the 4 to 6 area wheareas yesterday was 1 to 2. The sore throat cleared up also with the steroids. I do see my family doc again tomorrow and will discuss possible referral to a joint specialist but wonder does any of this sound familiar to anyone? All responses greatly and sincerely appreciated.

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    Old 12-20-2006, 10:54 PM   #2
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    Re: Sudden onset of joint/bone pain with sore throat

    Hi Keno,

    Yes your symptoms do sound familiar. It sounds like either your osteo arthritis is getting worse, or your arthritis is becoming Rheumatoid Arthritis. You do need to go and see a rheumatologist and make the appt. soon. They are usually booked up for 2 - 3 months in advance!

    You probably need arthritis meds now, as the normal aleve or advil or tylenol, may not help you as much anymore. Cannot explain the sore throat. Did a cold front just come thru your area? My symptoms for RA get worse before and when a front comes thru town. The fall and winter, more arthritis sufferers usually need more meds to help them not be in too much pain.

    Take care and I hope you get some help.

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    Old 12-21-2006, 07:08 AM   #3
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    Re: Sudden onset of joint/bone pain with sore throat

    Hi Wannabe, thanks for your reply and it's interesting that your assessment is exactly what I was thinking about change in OA and/or onset of RA but what puzzles me is the overnight action and the sore throat but some of these things defy logical answers it seems. Anyway, I saw Doc today and what he is doing is changing the low dosage Prednisone treatments which were 4 mg per pill and ramping it up quite heavily to 10 mg X 4 pills these first 3 days, then reducing down to 3 pills, 2 pills then 1 for the balance of the 9 day period. I think he was encouraged as I was by the immediate relief I got on Monday but feels higher doses are needed to bring pain back to zero or near it. Now I just have to worry about blowing up my digestive system from the strong meds and he wants me to take Zantac at bedtime as a precaution. We'll follow this method of treatment and see how it goes and if no decent results will follow your advice to see specialist in the arthritis field. Thanks again for your input and happy holidays to you.

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    Old 12-21-2006, 09:14 AM   #4
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    Re: Sudden onset of joint/bone pain with sore throat

    Hi Keno,

    Happy Holidays to you to! I think that I have seen your name on another board here. Cannot remember where...

    I take Prednisone everyday, right now. 2 - 3 pills per day and relafen once at noon and once at bedtime. Everynow and then get a prednisone shot and have done what your dr. did for you, with the slowly lowering amount.
    Helps sometimes.

    I also take Nexium for my stomach and just got put on Zantac also. My stomach hurts slightly, but no ulcers yet.

    Take care and I hope that you continue to feel better.

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    Old 12-22-2006, 04:11 AM   #5
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    Hi again Wannabe, I wonder does Wannabe mean "Wannabe feeling better"!!??My Keno name is really Ken but I have used Keno123 on other forums not this one as the post you replied to was my first one on Health Boards.
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    Say I didn't answer one of your questions about were there any cold waves prior to my onset of what I am now calling "A severe flare up" thinking hopefully that a flare up may be temporary-- and after it subsides I may get back to my normal which was minimal pain and ability to work at my job as school bus driver and play golf which I could up til a week ago Wednesday when all this started in. Anyway, no, it has been very mild here and no cold waves just prior to my onset so I'd rule weather out this time. Luckily I have these 2 and a half weeks (one almost gone) off to try and see how the meds all work out for me before I'm supposed to go back to work on Jan 3rd so we will hope and pray on that issue. This morning I have a lot of discomfort and pain again as yesterdays dosage apparently ran down and I will take todays dosage in a little while. I notice typing is ok for me on keyboard which is a blessing but walking was tough earlier. Hope the meds will ease things up for me. Wonder how long you have had your RA and how much mobility and functions do you have? Wheelchair or scooter needed or if I'm getting too nosy, just tell me butt out!! I'm supposed to go to a matinee dinner show tomorrow around noon and hope I will be ok for it with the meds. Once again, have a nice holiday and thanks for sharing with me.

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    Old 12-22-2006, 02:21 PM   #6
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    OOPS, I was not aware of that restriction, sorry and now that I know I will not repeat the error. You've got a nice forum here and I sure don't want to rock the boat. Thanks for your help. My smilie is not meant for madness but for red faced making the goof.

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