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Hip, joint pain and stiffness at 41????

By December 29, 2011 - 10:10am
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Within the last year I have started having really stiff joints when I sit for any length of time or when I get up in the morning. I also wake up in the night with severe hip pain as well as stiffness and pain in my neck and back. I may be perimenopause but other than that, nothing has changed. I can't figure it out and don't understand why I am so young having these issues. I saw that there were other posts from 2009 but nothing, I can find, since then. Any suggestions?

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See a rheumatologist. You have some kind of generalized inflammation. Could be a myriad of things like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or just a gluten sensitivity. I have the same issues. A couple of years ago they flared up big time and I struggled with severe pain for over a year. Nobody could find anything wrong, and I went gluten free and it resolved. Now I'm been very shabby about staying gluten free and I'm finding symptoms returning. Its a horrible feeling. I'm hoping that getting back on the wagon gets rid of the flareup of joint pain again. Good luck to you. Try the dietary changes. They can't hurt and you'll know fairly soon if they turn out to be the culprit. In the meantime, the best doctor is a rheumatologist.

July 13, 2012 - 9:41pm

Hi Diverdown1,

I'm sorry to hear about this sudden joint pain and stiffness you've been experiencing. There are many different causes which can include:

Osteoarthritis,  a degenerative joint disease and the most common type ofarthritis. The cartilage, that serves as a cushion between the bones which form a joint, wears away with time. With the eventual loss of cartilage, the bones rub against each other. The friction leads to pain and limitation of joint mobility. Degenerative joint disease can affect any joint in the body, but most commonly affects the hands, hips, knees, neck and lower back. The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain in the affected joint after repetitive use. Pain is usually worse later in the day and can occur after long periods of inactivity.

Septic Arthritis

The sudden onset of intense joint pain, joint swelling and a low-grade fever are symptoms of septic arthritis. This condition develops when bacteria, such as streptococcus or staphylococcus, spreads through the bloodstream to a joint. A joint can become infected with bacteria during surgery or by an injury. The most commonly affected joints are the knees and hips.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks. Early symptoms, that appear from 3 to 30 days after infection, include a red, expanding rash, fatigue, chills, fever,headache, muscle and joint aches and swollen lymph nodes. Untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, the heart and the nervous system. According to the CDC, intermittent episodes of arthritis, characterized by severe joint pain and swelling, occur in approximately 60% of patients with untreated Lyme disease. Large joints, particularly the knees, are most often affected.

Other conditions such as Rubella and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus are also possible caused for joint pain. If you have not seen your doctor regarding these new symptoms, please do so as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis. 


Best Wishes,


December 29, 2011 - 10:36am
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