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    I have been diagnosed with inflammation of the patella joint. This is causing me a lot of pain and the Drs have given me Naproxen and Tramadol. Is there something I can do to help as Ive been taking these medications for 2 years and the pain is getting worse?





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    Couple of options...Talk to a physiotherapist... seek a second opinion from another gp. referral to a bone specialist. (cannot remember the correct medical name for this specialized field, sorry)

    hello, i have 'unknown' hand and feet problems, that go like this....the joints in my fingers and toes feel like they're under pressure,this builds untill it feels like they'll pop,then it feels like a hot wedge is being hammered into the joint,then it goes on to feel like electrodes have been connected to the wedges, then 'wham' it's like a hot electrical charge running throught the joint. and last, but not least, the joint feels like its exloded and a bruise comes out on the joint itself. it's incredibly painfull and getting worse, no one seems to know what it is.....any ideas please?





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    Hi, I've recently had a colonoscopy due to the following symptoms: 1. Hip Pain 2. Testicular Pain (ultrasound completed, all fine) 3. Back Pain 4. Blood on toilet paper 5. Joint Pain in fingertips 6. Dry Skin/Eczema/Psoriasis 7. Persistant Diarrhea The colonoscopy found some inflammation where the colon meets the small intestine. Biopsies were taken. I have been back to the specialist who informed me the biopsies came back 'no abnormalaties detected'. He believed the inflammation was probably due to the Naproxen I had been taking for symptoms 1, 2 and 3 mentioned above which I had stopped taking approx 6 weeks prior to the colonoscopy. He also informed me that I have a few scattered diverticula, and most likely IBS. Most of the above symptoms have abated, but I still have symtoms 5, 6 and 7. Also, over the last week I have had constant pain in the small intestine area which is very painful when palpated. This has been coupled with diarrhea. I am concerned that the colonoscopy could have missed something in the small bowel, that could have caused the inflammation in the colon. I am specifically concerned that it could be cancer of some description as before all these symptoms (which began in October 2011) I have been a very healthy 32 year old male. I have been to and fro the GP many times, and I feel I am not being listened to. Any advice or help much appreciated. ps. Is there a section on this website where I can send this to one of the doctors associated?





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    i'm 39 year old female . my body and face become so hot and sweaty. also on a night i can not sleep without a fan blowing air directly at my face. i have a list of medical problems depression,high blood pressure,type 2 diabetes, skin problems, osteoarthritis in every joint growths on most of my finger joint and my right ankle .





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    HRT you will solve so many of your problems, but beware of your high blood pressure docs dont like giving hrt if you have this. If you are overweight go on a strict diet NOW. best way to help with your joint pain, skin problems and your depression. Start swimming everyday if you can. The docs gave me more and more pills, plus cbt therapy, but at the end of the day getting my weight down helped the most.I had most of the same problems as you. Sadly am now 59 and not allowed HRT anymore and i REALLY miss it! Good luck!

    Hi i am a 21 year old female and have been suffering from pain in my joint. Its at the top of my thigh where it meets the hip although its not my hip that is painful. In at the joint can be painful if its moved in certain ways and is only on my right thigh. What could it be ive had it for over a year now?





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    you might have problems with cysts in the hip joint, go to your GP, I did and 3 years on I have a new hip

    I had a viral throat and ear infection and this keeps reoccurring. This developed in my having ear pain and I was treated with antibiotics due to inflammation of the ear. The inflammation was successfully treated but the pain continued, I was referred to the ENT specialist who did not find any damage of the ear or behind the nostril. My vertigo has become such a problem I am unable to mobilize much as my balance keeps going off, I suffer from migraines and is presently taking Propronolal 40mg. I suffer from neck pains and also from a eye problem which is causing me to have double vision and the exercise prescribed for it worsens the condition and due to this I am unable to study for any period of time as I have severe pain in my eyes. Ill be grateful for any suggestions as this as gone on for almost a year.





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    Dear Ask The Doctor: Hi I am 27 yr old male. i havent had intercourse with any one. It all started with too many beers i had one night and masturbated the next morning. after ejaculation it felt little burning in the shaft but gradually increased by the end of the day. Doctor treated me with Zithromax which worked and i was all fine. during this time i had little pain in my buttocks, and after i completed zithromax course(4 tablets on one day and 2 tablets on next day), the pain increased and there was inflammation in my buttocks and i have also had pain in my legs. the doctor treated with Neuro vitamins(i dont remember the medicine name and i lost that prescription). the pain was gone after 1 week of complete rest. i have stopped masturbating completely for about a month now, and now there are few red spots on my penis head and also pain in the penis. the doctor tested me for STD's and all came negative. Pain in penis also triggers pain in my buttocks and legs. i have no back pain. the pain in penis is like electric shocks. now lately, this pain also causes inflammation in penis shaft. inflammation is at different regions, sometimes in the shaft, sometimes at the glans and some time just near where testicles hang. this pain is aggravated when i sit for a long time. I am a software developer by profession. if i lay on bed the pain comes down. i have had pain on my penis head rim with swelling and turned purple.I was also testes negative for UTI. i have never had sex, i only went to strip clubs in the United States where i happened to suck boobs only once. i have no idea what i have been going through. this is very distressing. the doctor suggested me to see a urologist but didnt give me any kind of medication for temporary relief. What could be possible region for all this? I appreciate your help. Thanks and Regards CJ





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    Hi,I'm sorry but this is not an answer,what u are going through has peaked my interest. After searching the net for years and not really finding anything helpful I can say that I too am experiencing similar symptoms. I too have that odd sensation in buttocks and left foot. Only it all happened with me when I was 19,I am 26 now btw. A girl I was seeing gave me oral pleasure but as she was masturbating me I felt a sharp pain on my penis, she went again and i felt pain a second time, she had ripped me under the head with a ring she was wearing. Ever since I have been to specialists and none helped very much. I was told that it was nerve damage and nothing could b done,pls tell they ate wrong as this is very difficult to live with...

    My name is Lisa and I have been ill for 2yrs and 4 mths with back pain, pain in left side of abdomen and diarhea, I gave up smoking when it started and for the first 6 mths I was treated for IBS, the meds did not work. I was given steriods over 3 mths and I started to feel better the pain went in my back, and left side of my abdomen and my diarhea stopped, my GP believes I had colitis. I was referred to the hospital and I had a flexi scope done which they found inflammation but they said this was the camera that caused it, my bloods showed signs of inflammation but nothing was done about it. Steriods always make me feel better and my gp said steriods would not work for IBS patient. The hosp discharged me 9 mths ago and I live on Questran Light and co-codamol everyday. Can someone tell me if this is signs of IBS or colitis. Thanks in advance.





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    My specialist has told me that having UC can make you more prone to IBS, so you could have colitis and keep getting IBS as well, I know if I have IBS I get a lot more flatulent/bloated than if I'm having a flare up of colitis, although I still get bloating with colitis it feels different, less gassy with a flare up, and much more painful, and there's blood in my stools with UC and more mucus with IBS, so thats how I tell the difference myself. However, I do think its worth asking to be re-examined, there is a lot more help available if they could diagnose you properly, it took them nearly a year to diagnose me, because its not always easy to pick up, and if you were on steroids before the flexiscope it may have reduced inflammation too much to detect. And I kmow my specialist wants to avoid putting me on steroids, there are a lot more medications that can be used long term to keep it under control with less health risks and side effects such as anti inflammatories and immune suppressant medications (UC is an autoimmune disease, the immune system actually attacks you (causing the inflammation) thinking its an infection), there is also a possibility of it being crohns, but i don't know much about that, sorry, not sure if that's helpful, just my experiences

    I'm 14 and I've got a spot on my penis, I'm aure it's not a wart but it's got bigger and redder and it also hurts more now, what is the best thing I could do to reduce inflammation and redness and soreness please ?





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    I always get painsmainly when its cold in my knees wrists and elbow i got told it was growin pains when i was younger im now 23. It is very very painfull and hurts the move the joint help





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    sounds like you need to go to your doctor asap, explain your symptoms, i had been having pains in my ankles for a few years, was sent for surgery i now have arthritis the pain was and still is unbearable especially when its cold, the more you leave it the worse it will become

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    Hi - Ive got Behcets but am not an HLA51 person.I'm female, and over the years my BD has taken many forms, but it was only when I got the ulcers right through the body, arthitis, joint pain and swelling and temperatures that wouldnt go down, and headaches/hallucinations from brain inflammation that I got a diagnosis. From then (7 years ago) I have had three lots of surgery linked to the arthritis, and the joint damage which may be a response to the drugs I have to take. I have also had optic neuritis and brain inflammation from it. I live with the disease, and have to remember to take it easy. there are few centres of excellence for treating and managing the condition which is lifelong. I recognise that over years, really since childhood, I had symptoms, but it took until I was in my forties and got wacked with several symptoms at once that I got a diganosis. And then because I look pretty much normal, people rarely understand the anxiety it causes of not knowing how I will be when I wake up each day! There are excellent sources of support - the UK Behcets syndrome society is fabulous, and yahoo has two sites - Behcets and Behcets support which are worth visiting if you think you or a loved one have it.

    Sounds like crohn disease to me, as I have had similar symptoms.... I'm getting a colonoscopy, gastroscopy, blood tests, stool tests, you should ask to see a specialist. Do you get mouth ulcers as this is another symptom, the eye irritation and joint pain stand out to me as crohns can affect the eyes causing inflammation. Look into it more for sure.

    I had marfan for all my life when I was 19 I had two bar joint to my back. but the joint on rest of my body still move a lot is this normal and can it get worse?

    I was dxd at age 43 after years of mouth ulcers, occasional genital ulcers, but worst of all, wa sthe intractable joint pain and sheer exhaustion. It took the hospital 19 days to confirm diagnosis after I had swollen joints, temp of over 40degrees they couldn't get down, and ulcers in one end out the other, plus joint swelling and skin ulcers over the body, and end of my nose went black and came off. They put me on massive doses of prednisolone ( a steroid) with azathioprine. My CRP/ ESR (blood tests for inflammation) were very high, and still fluctuate, but are not always in synch with how I am flaring or not. The worst complication was optic neuritis with brain inflammation in one eye, I lost colour vision, and was staggering around and slurring my words like a drunk as brain was inflamed. another patient suggested it as a diagnosis as optics dept at hospital wouldn't take me seriously, my rheumatologist was prepared to follow the hint my fellow patitent had suggested, and admitted me as an emergency on a steroid drip (gramming) - luckily my sight came back, but I had to give up my career, and will always be ill and on meds, I also have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, but have now managed to return to work, supporting students with disabilities, and making use of my experience as a patient/carer to help teach nurses, OTs and physios at university level. Find a GP that will listen, and keep on nagging until you are taken seriously, in the UK the Behcets syndrome society is an excellent and reputable source of accurate information, and support, and up to date understanding of research and centres of excellence they have helped get set up around the country. Good luck all,





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    Can u take cranberry supplements w/inflammation of the bladder? I have a uti the moment and im taking antibiotics, but I still have ongoing inflammation and I seen where someone had said d-monnase was good to get bacterial out of you urine.





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    For your average run of the mill cystitis yes you can. For interstitial cystitis, DO NOT EAT/DRINK/TAKE any cranberries or supplements. For normal cystitis the infections are usually alkaline I think and cranberries are acidic, so they even each other out and it helps. Where as in IC any infections/flare ups tend to be caused by acids so you would essentially be pouring acid on acid, making it so much more worse. After years of downing pints upon pints of cranberry juice and it making the pain worse, GPs telling me it will eventually work and then being told I have IC and never to touch a cranberry again, I can speak from experience.

    Try waterfall D-mannose. It helped me! I took it regularly for a few months when I was really bad and had had instillations and could hardly walk with the pain. Now I just take it now and again when I have a flare up. It's quite expensive but worth a try. Have a look on the Sweet Cures website for info and feedback from other sufferers.

    I have developed a slight inflammation / redness on my penis with a stinging pain on the inflammation and in the uretha. i have been for std tests but am anxious to find out what it could be , can you answer please





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    i have been offered hemiarthroplasty to my toe joint but am unsure about the surgery dont seem to be able to find much out about it and dont want to be a guinea pig as its a relatively new procedure on the toe joint





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    My son has suffered with mouth ulcers and joint pain for many years - both are very painful. We have seen several doctors and the two have never been linked - and his joint pain remains undiagnosed.What is the connection made on the programme?





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    I've had the same pain and because I play a lot of basketball and sport I got abit of trauma the other mounth from playing basketball and generally I got some inflammation in my abdomen and a pain in my right testicle and it's just because of the swelling and inflammation from being knocked it goes away eventually and I am just taking painkillers and it goes away eventually and I just rest and try not to exercise for a period of time to help aid the recovery generally it isn't anything to worry about I've been checked by my GP and generally there isn't anything wrong to inflammation so it shouldn't be anything to worry about but if you are worried go to your GP just to be sure but generally it shouldn't be anything serious!

    I was diagnosed with scoliosis three years ago, im 15 now. My curve was only 15 degrees when first measured but in the last six months has gone up to betwwen 20-25 degrees, i know im very lucky for it to be a small curve cause i know many people who have had the spine operation. I have joint pain and alot of hip and back pain aswell. A friend of mine who has had the operation says that she suffers from alot of back pain and sometimes joint pain, but no joint probles as such, but shes been told that the bolts or screws that are in her back are digging into her bones. Shes having them re-put in. I dont know if this helps or not, im not too sure on the pain im having cause my doctors haven't said anything about it yet, so sorry if this doesn't help.





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    Go and see a GP about the itching. It isn't unlikely that you have thrush which is common when you have tight foreskin. If that is what it is you be prescribed Canesten and this works really well. For the tight foreskin you can try to stretch it better by using a stretcher kit like the one at the phimosis website. If you develop irritation and inflammation then your GP may prescribe hyrdocortisone to reduce the inflammation. Hope this helps!

    Hi. My twin sister has Behcet's disease and I am currently being checked out for it (got ulcers at both ends, I know how you feel). There's so specific test. The main way they do it is if you've had 3 outbreaks of mouth ulcers in the last twelve months, plus genital ulcers, and one (sometimes two) other symptom(s), eg gastric discomfort (diarrhoea, bloated, passing wind a lot), joint pain or swelling, eye inflammation, or a positive pathergy test (they prick you and if it leaves a red spot, that's a positive). Arthritis research UK is a good site for looking up the disease, it's very easy to understand and they mention symptoms, so you can figure out which ones you might have. Good luck with your diagnosis. :)

    I am a female, nearly 30 years old & was diagnosed with Goldenhar Syndrome as a child. After cosmetic surgeries in my early 20's I thought everything was fine. However, in recent years I have since been diagnosed with hypermobile joints, leading to Labrum tears in both my right hip & shoulder, both of which need surgery. Both my hip & shoulder show bony abnormalities. My parents have always been concerned I have joint problems relating to Goldenhar, but no GP yet knows of this condition, or even who I would need to be referred to for further tests. I have attempted to research this myself, but found little or no research in relation to goldenhar and joint problems or Goldenhar syndrome in Adults. Does anyone else with confirmed Goldenhar syndrome suffer from joint problems?





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    I have a lot of problems with my knees hips and shoulders to, there currently investigating it thing I might have arthritis.

    Hello, I have been suffering more and more with joint pain and am just hitting my 30's I am also being investigated for arthritis. So I'm thinking it might be related to goldenhar.

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    A year ago I had an operation on my foot. I had a large growth around the joint of my big toe, where it connects to my foot, which was causing me great pain. The operation involved shaving part of the bone. My medical notes didn’t refer to the problem as a bunion, but as degeneration of the bone. Unfortunately, I still feel a lot of pain now. I wear MBT shoes, but I still feel a pain below the joint, and above it on the top of my foot. I have spoken to the doctor about this, and have been told that the only available option to me now is to have pins put in place, which would disable the joint. If possible I would like to avoid this solution, although I have been told of no other option, I wonder if there is any other solution that you may know of that could help? For information, I am 57, female, and have never worn ill-fitting or high heeled shoes.





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    You have exactly the same prob as me, I too had the bone shaved off but it has grown back after just 2 years. Mine is caused i believe thro too much mobility in my mid foot area. Orthotics alone dont seem to solve it. Try extra support (to reduce the mobility) by lining your shoes with thick padding around the mid foot area to reduce the mobility. My foot hurt for a bit after the op but rarely does so now. I am also 57 and feel i may as well be 92. I wear walking boots most of the time but now even they are feeling tight and my third toe blisters where the bunion is pushing it across. I suffer from hypermobility which is why my third toe slides too, it is murder, you have my thoughts.

    hi I am female 68 and have nodules on both my first and second joints of the fingers of my right hand, 2nd joint has now started to swell and is painful and there is a hard lump forming over the joint. The other joints that have already gone are completely locked, I am worried about this going further as theleft hand is showing the beginings of swelling. I keep knocking these joints and it is very painful ,is there anything I can do to reverse this, thanks





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    I am 13yrs old and am suffering severe joint pains in my ankles and knees and hips and wrists and shoulders and i also get back pains and chest pains and i cannot PUT ON weight i am slightly underweight for my age i think because i am 6 stone. I take cod liver oil now for my joint problems but would like a diagnoses for some of my problems. I think i might have arthritis but that is just what i think. I havent been to see a doctor because my mum doesnt like hosiptals or doctors so i dont ever go... i would REALLY like to get checked out but my mum wont take me!! HELP ME PLEASE xx





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    you dont need your mum to go with you just phone your doctors surgery and book an appointment

    My daughter is nine and has her first genital ulcer , seeing GP tomorrow so it's documented ! She has been suspected BD for last two years and has mouth ulcers and nose lesions nearly all the time, plus gastro and joint pain . She also has Joint hyper mobility syndrome and is on colchine and pirztofin for migraines which worked at first but symptoms much more aggressive now. I feel everyone's frustration as they need to be seen with symptoms and instead you get ' looks fine' two days later another flare comes. Take photos and jot down in a diary been the only thing that's kept me sane at times!!





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    Your advice on knees was embarassing. There are a number of things that can be done to reduce the stress on knees. 1. Avoid sitting with your legs crossed or puting them on a coffee stressing the joint. 2. Change the shoes you are wearing for a different pair as the attitude of the sole may affect your stance and knee. 3.At night you can put hot water bottle and also put a pillow under the joint so the stress on the knee is reduced.





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    Your advice on knees was embarassing. There are a number of things that can be done to reduce the stress on knees. 1. Avoid sitting with your legs crossed or puting them on a coffee stressing the joint. 2. Change the shoes you are wearing for a different pair as the attitude of the sole may affect your stance and knee. 3.At night you can put hot water bottle and also put a pillow under the joint so the stress on the knee is reduced.





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    I was diagnosed in Germany with Lymes in 1991 after a stay in a psychiatric hospital.[Scary or what!!] Although IV antibiotics were administered & the immediate symptoms abated [mental confusion, palpitations, joint pain etc] the symptoms return regularly. I was referred at one point to an consultant who was interested in Rheumatism & Lymes. Whilst he could see I had Lymes anti bodies in my system & that I was suffering arthritic problems, since it wasn't a current full blown Lymes attack he wasn't really interested. On the scale at that time I wasn't deemed a priority for arthritic treatment. Since then I have suffered from almost constant joint pain, sweating, sleeplessness. I was taking doxcylin for a while & this seemed to help alleviate the joint pain but I then have suffered from kidney pain so have had to discontinue the treatment. Is there any ongoing treatment for Lymes sufferers long after the initial infection?





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