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i am 20years old and i have had joint pain spreading from one joint to the other. why is this?

By Anonymous January 16, 2015 - 3:58pm
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I am 20 years old and i first started off with joint pain about 5 years ago. And i am getting worried as it is getting worse and worse.
2010 - left knee considerable joint pain, right ankle damaged ligaments or tendons my own doing
2011 - both knees with sharp pain and left elbow would feel like the join had just been fused together and it was a burning pain.
2012- this pain lingered on
2013- both my ankles had the same feeling as my elbow, made me limp. Left hip began to ache and limited my movement, it felt as if it was coming out of socket. If i were to run my left ankle would lock up.

2014- both hips same feeling but getting worse. Elbow got worse. Both knees got worse and had sharp pain come all of a sudden and limit my movement.
2015- right now my elbow is really painful and it is sending pain down into my left wriisg and this happened when putting something on my radiator. Yesterday my knee started throbbing all i did was get into bed.
in 2012 i had a weird month when i had shooting pains up my spine and it felt like every bone was turning into splinters and shards and were stabbing me in the back and this also happened in my hand especially in the knuckles and i couldn't move my finger. It was so painful i was crying. This eased off and disappeared, my local doctor said to have a blood test they were fine and they didn't pursue it further as they haven't with my joint pain and blame it on "growth spurt" im 20 this isn't a case of growth spurt.
i have had asthma wh a child, i think i still have it.
so could anyone help me ? My local doctors is a waste of time and im in agony
2013- left hip, feels like its coming out of socket and i cant walk properly

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Hello, and thank you for sharing your question with the community.  I am so sorry to hear that you have been experiencing this pain with no help form the doctors. I'd love to give you some answers.

Your symptoms point most dramatically to rheumatoid arthritis.  I am not giving a diagnosis, but this it the kind of arthritis that best fits your symptoms and gender. 

Rheumatoid arthritis is more common is women than in men and although it is uncommon for someone your age to experience it, it is not impossible.  RA is usually seen in the smaller joints such as the elbows, knuckle, ankles etc, but it can also occur in the hips, spine, knees etc.  The causes or unknown but thought to be genetic, environmental, or hormonal dysfunction. 

It can be treated with medications, rest and exercise, good diet, or sometimes surgery.  The treatments depend your medical history and the severity of the RA.  

RA is tested for with several methods:

  • The location and symmetry of painful joints, especially the hand joints
  • Joint stiffness in the morning
  • Bumps and nodules under the skin (rheumatoid nodules)
  • Results of X-ray tests
  • Blood tests

If you go to the doctor and ask to be tested for RA specifically, I believe you will find more answers then you did before.  

Good luck, and let us know if you have any more questions.


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