Since 2006 I have had severe joint pain. It is constant. I am seeing a rheumatologist finally after being shuffled around by doctors who never really wanted to look that much into it they said because of my age. I am 31 . As I said this has been going on since 2006 . My sed rate has been higher than the norm and some other indicators have been a lot higher than the normal person. But again because of my age the doctors have I felt just over looked it because they literally would throw my age back up at me, and I get that I really do because I've worked in nursing for the past 12 years. I have degenerative disc disease of my spine, spinabifida occulta, peripheral neuropathy, osteoarthiritis of my spine, the list is more. Ijust want to know what's wrong because the pain I'll explain it is all over my body in my joints, stabbing, aching, just painful constant. I have swelling in my hands wrists, knees and ankles that gets very bad I've already been to the ER twice for the swelling in my knee's feet and ankles. But its like sometimes they will all swell all at once and last for a few days or even a week and the swelling will slowly start to go away. But what I can't understand is why like my hands and wrists will swell only and last for a few days then slowly start to go away , then my knees will swell and last for about a week then it goes away, then my feet and ankles will swell then it will also slowly go away . What I'm trying to say is a lot of times it doesn't happen in all joints all at once and the swelling isn't constant but the pain is constant! If anyone can help me with any input I would really appreciate it a lot. Cause I have been this way for sooo long it just gets worse every year it seems, or I guess just the older I get. I hope that the someone out there can provide me with some input or opinions about this. I know its a lot to go over but I really don't know who else to ask. Thank you if you do read this.
Hello pink1980, & welcome to the site. You are awfully young to have osteoarthritis is why the doctors dismiss you like they do. I had the same problem for years. You have to be insisitant with these doctors. At least now you are going to see the correct one with the rheumatologist. I had one rheumy that one time didn't believe me either until I insisted he do an x-ray of my knees. He ended up apologizing to me as soon as he saw the x-rays.Please let us know how your appointment goes today, but be proactive about your own health. Joining this site you have come to the right place for support & information. Wishing you the best of outcomes...
Hi Pink. Swelling often occurs because of standing, sitting or stationary body position. For example, sitting at a desk all day.
Swelling is due to fluid collection in areas not being moved. Elevate the swollen area. It gets worse with too much salt, dehydration and self limiting activities because of the stiffness and discomfort. It settles in areas of inflammation because the body is working upon removing the toxic products in that area of the damaged cells.
Be sure you are drinking plenty of water, cut back on sugars.
Have they checked your heart functions? Recent chest X-ray? Problems there can also cause fluid build up.
Most importantly, you have to stay active. Walking, exercise, is the best way to stay ahead of the disease. So sorry that you have this diagnosis, but am glad you now know what is happening and can stay proactive with it.
As Mary and others will tell you, become your own expert, talk to the doctor about everything going on and stay positive. Wishing you better health and the strength to do it. Karen
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