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Could I be 18 and have Arthiritis?

By September 10, 2009 - 7:22pm
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I am suffering so much pain in my joints. My knees are just killing me and I can barely walk! My other joints such as my elbows occasionally hurt but not as much as my knees! It cant be growing pains...i cant possibly get any taller and Im pretty sure by the age of 18 you stop growing. I always thought arthiritis was for very old people!

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Thank you ladies! I will check out these websites. And to answer Alysiak's comment...I used to be in many sports but that was about 3-4 years ago. I ran track, I was a cheerleader for 5 years and a tennis player for 3. But they were so long ago! Anyways thanks again!

September 11, 2009 - 10:01am

In addition to Alysiak's suggestion, knee pain in a young age can be due to chondromalcia if your pain seems primarily in your knees. See the empowher page:


You may need to be seen by a doctor to determine what tests and x-rays should be done. Good luck

September 11, 2009 - 8:50am

Hello, Laura:

I'm sorry you're in such pain. You didn't say how athletic you are, though, and some sports can aggravate the joints.

Arthritis is a condition that can strike at any age; but, we do tend to think of it as "reserved" for the aging. However, juvenile arthritis does exist.

Joint pain can be an indicator of arthritis, but you should consult your doctor, who may refer you to a rheumatologist if deemed necessary.

To learn more, please see:

VIDEO - HERSTORY: Sophie Shares The Dietary Changes That Alleviates Her Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain
Arthritis in Children, Rheumatology.org
JA Alliance, Arthritis.org

Please do let us know what you learn after you consult your doctor.

September 10, 2009 - 8:10pm
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