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    Arthritis is a chronic condition which sees inflammation within a joint, often causing severe pain. Read more →

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    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 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 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)

    I am a 55 year old woman recently diagnosed with OA, Fibromyalgia and gout. My OA affects my hands and knees but I have been suffering horrendously with wrist and hand pain. I also have continuous joint pain throughout my body. I take pain relief of paracetamol or co-dydramol which still don't take the pains away. I have been afraid that something more serious may be going on. Can you please advise? With many thanks.





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    I have chronic pain syndrome and gout which is wide spread I get relief from gabapentin and amitriptyline(helps sleep) ask to be referee to a pain clinic there you can have pain management tailored to your needs. It does not have to be medication they offer acupuncture tens relaxation and counseling.

    I had an allergic reaction on my fingers which caused swelling, a week later still pain in the top joint of my thumb (nearest to my hand). Also I play the piano, so could this be aggrevating the pain?





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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 my name is lisa and i am 21.i have swollen lumps on my legs from the knee down. They are sore to touch and they are red and somethimes look like bruises the skin is getting dry on top of them. The main one is on my shin bone and its big. I have also been getting really bad joint pains in all my joints especially ankles elbow back and knees. Can you help please its becoming a pain thank you.





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    I had total knee surgery 3months ago ..the knee is settling but the pain running from mid thigh to joint is unbearable..I'm allergic to strong meds .an Take paracetamol. My other knee is v bad too.I'm still seeing physios.





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    It may take more time than you think to regain all the muscle strength etc..Speak to the gp and see if this is a normal situation for this procedure.. Chronic pain, could possibly effect your mindset and yes, this will also effect how quickly you heal.. please consult your gp for the pain releif and advise of the type of physio and excersise you have been prescribed to do. (I changed physio, and found better result as a different tehnique was used)

    Recently I've been having some symptoms that I'm getting more and more worried about. I've tried getting an appointment at my GP but there isn't any appointments for months so I hope one of you can shed some light. I've had diarrhea for around 4/5 months sometimes worse than others, along with abdominal pain. I've also had small amounts of weight loss, but only small amounts. Also, nausea, dizziness, joint pain, and small amounts of mucus in my stools. I would love it if someone could shed some light on my situation





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    You can try going on the scd diet. This has really helped me. The book is called breaking the viscous cycle by Elaine gothchall!

    You can try going on the scd diet. This has really helped me. The book is called breaking the viscous cycle by Elaine gothchall!

    Hi there, just to let you know, to increase your fluids - herbal teas and clear hot water will help. I have been ill since Christmas 2014 and now we are in mid April. Still off work, and feeling lousy lacking energy, feeling dizzy so decided to help myself. I started on homemade carrot juice with a sprinkle of powered cumin. Having dark berries, apple, banana, reduced my intake of wheat, have almond milk with cereals.

    I am a 53year old women from the Chicagoland area .I was diagnosed with Bihcets vasculitis 10 years ago at Cleveland clinic. I currently am treated downtown at Rush hospital however my last 2 Drs. Have left and now have a new Dr. Once again. .I was an emergency room nurse for 23 years prior to being diagnoised with bihcets and had to retire and reinvent myself due to being immunosuppressd from.various meds to treat disease. I am now a landscape designer . I have had all my large intestines removed due to Necrosis and 9 bowel obsrtuctions . I have Experienced uvitis ,along with both mouth and genital ulcers and severe arthritis. I have been on prednisone from.the begining with maybe a total of 2years off throughout disease process. I was on Remicade and prednisone with pretty good results for years. I switched to humera for convience of being to give to myself at home over the last year with no results. I should have never went off Remicade as things are a diaster now. I have been experiencing chest pain with radiation to my jaw and lt. Arm pit since April. I have been in the hospital more than not with this since. I am scheduled to go to Cleveland this week for further work up . All my cardiac testing hasnt showed much. 60 percent occulsion to RA and LAD arteries but they feel it is cardiac not bihcets related. I was bolused with 500mg prednisone iv every 8hrs x 3. Then 60mg prednisone by mouth after . Im weaning down am at 30mg . The joint pain from.weaning is aweful. These are my Questions. I need a Dr. More experienced in bihcets that isn't moving soon in the Chicagoland area. 2. Has anyone experienced cardiac issues with bihcets and if so how were you diagnosed and treated. The pain is horrible when it comes on. I take nitro under my tounge when it comes on. It seemsto be happening frequently now and last several minutes. 3.any suggestions on weaning from prednisone . The joint pain awful.





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    I've had Bechet's for 20 years. I found that erythromycin works. I was tested, and they found a generic predisposition. I've never used anything else, but Dr's allow me the continued use of the antibiotic while it's not traditional medicine. It works for me and they're thrilled it does. My case was severe though with an episode of viral infections, I have occasional mouth sores 3-4 times each year. But it's sustained me.

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    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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    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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    hi my name is jo,since a fall 2 years ago have been diagnosed with sacriolic joint dysfunction,was given physio to do plus steroid injections into sacriolic joint,am permenantly on morphine patches and co codamol for the pain,i do exercises given but seem to cause more pain so am at a loss as to what to do to help myself.Do i persevere with them or could it be making it worse,if ask gp they tell me to ask at pain clinic which i am curently under,i feel i am not listened to also,some days i stay in bed as pain so excruciating,if i go out for the day with family i always suffer next day,i would be grateful for any advise as i feel life is passing me by as unable to work due to the discomfort i am in.





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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.

    I am 19 and have had bunions since i was very young. I have them on both feet but exprienced great pain particularly in my right foot. The pain was in the joint and i could only walk short distances before the pin was so great i could not walk any further. I went to see the senior orthapedic surgeon at my local hospital and he recomended sugery. At the age of 15 i had a bunion ectomy. This did help with the pain in the joint but i now have a bunion that is much bigger. I can't find shoes that fit properly, some shops have the wide fit option but even these are too small... I dnt know what to say but anyone who s thinking of surgery...if you dont have pain as it is do not have the surgery! I am embarrassed to show off my feet and i sometimes wish i had put up with the pain and nohad the operation.





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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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    Sounds like Joint Hypermobility Syndrome which my daughter aged 15 suffers with. There are indicators that you have it if you are "double jointed". Some people can be and not suffer with it at all but others will have that clicking and pain and "locking" of joints. My daughter gets it from me as I seem to be a bit double jointed as well ! Have a look on this nhs site it is very good to explain all. Painkillers and rest when needed and physio are usually prescribed. GP refers you to specialist so you can get physio to help manage pain and learn do's and don'ts of exercise to do if you have problems with this condition. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Joint-hypermobility/Pages/Introduction.aspx

    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?

    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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    i have a really bad pain in the joint of my bit toe an d the pain is unberable im taking pain killers for it at the moment was wondering if it could be something to worry about





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    Hi Dele, No, I have had symptoms since 8 months and was diagnosed at 10. Before diagnosis I was on hydrocortisone cream and oral steroids. At 13 I was prescribed thalidomide which really cleared everything up-joint pain, ulcers and skin problems but I had to come off that due to nerve damage at 15. Since then I've been on methotrexate, which for me has very few side effects but you have to be really vigilant about birth control as it's a folic acid inhibitor. I also use topical steroids such as dermovate, and anti inflamatory's for the joint pain. I have had a few bad reactions to medication, dapsone and colchecine were the worst, and yes, I've been on medication constantly since diagnosis except for 6 months prior to and during my pregnancy's, but once you get into a routine it becomes like second nature. BS Society is at www.behcets.org.uk . Hope all goes well for you xx

    I am 17 and have been suffering with chronic gout for 4 years, I don't fit any of the criteria to have gout but my Utica acid levels were off the scales I have been prescribed naproxen, allopurinol and stomach tablets but I'm still in a lot of pain, the only place I don't suffer is my toes, every joint and bone is affected by gout and I'm in extreme pain everyday, I've been back to the doctors and have now been told I have something wrong with my kidneys due to my gout not being treated within 3 months of my first attack, as I have said I have had gout for 4 years and only just been diagnosed with it after repeatedly going back to the doctors! I am a mum to a 2 year old and my problems are now affecting him as I struggle even to get him dressed, gout is a very painful condition and I still don't understand why it is affecting every joint!





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    Ask for allopurinol ..I take it daily and it stops the attacks

    I'm already taking allopurinol but still suffer with severe pain, I have been back and forwards to rheumatology consultants and various specialists but no one has given me a clear idea as to the pain still being there guess it's never going to be sorted out after 4 years and still not been sorted

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    ive been having joint pain my hips neck &shoulders my esr goes up and down all the time from last year went too rheumatologist he thought i might have sciatica but went back too my own doctor he told me now that i might have polymyalgia rheumatica he has giving me steroids been on them 5 days and seen too be taken most off pain away but its still sore too walk in still got like tired legs but no hip pain do you think thats what i have or is it something else please help?





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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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    Kathleen, Have you had the mouth and genital ulcers? I can tell you I've been dealing with these symptoms of mouth ulcers for years and joint pain. No physician new what the cause of my problems were until last February I started having genital ulcers and about 4 months prior I started having abdominal issues. It wasn't until I started getting gential ulcers that Bechets was a possibility. Blood work after tests. Finally diagonosed with Bechets in Feb 2012. I have been on steroids...colchicine...cyclosporine... and now imuran twice a day... I feel as though my body is starting to reject it... My Drs. seem to have pushed my current complaints aside. My joint pain is becoming debilitating I have the exact symptoms that you have...if I were you I would definitely educate yourself on the disease and question your physician to what is going on.

    All this has got me wondering. I have all of these symptoms, severe joint pain, back pain, sleep dissorders,night mares/terrors waking gasping for breath, severe fatigue, confusion, headaches, depression,feeling sick countless times throughout the day.This has all been happening since the birth of my last son (7 years ago) since all my problems started I have been diagnosed with irritable bladder (had a bladder infection that was undetectable from urine samples and only found after a systoscopy),inflamtion, bursitus of the hip, tennis and golfers elbows and also i have been on prostap injections for twenty months to stop my periods as the severe pmt i used to suffer from has become worse and had changed from anger and mood swings to terrible anxiety, which also means i am now waiting to have overies removed/hysterectomy. I was also very aneamic due to menorrhagia which i am aware could have caused my joint pain and i also know that prostap can cause joint pain too but the chronic pain i have had in my joints had been going on much longer. I have finally been able to see a rheumotologist who is running various tests for fybro, psoriatic arthritis, hypermobility syndrome and sjurgrens syndrome (yes i have dry eyes, mouth too!)but after reading lots of info on the net regarding lymes i think this may be whats going on with me. I was always an outdoor person, camping, hyking, cycling in the great outdoors ignoring any insect bites that didn't seem to bother me too much! until i became too weak to do it anymore im 41 and used to be very active!! i will wait and see what comes from my next test results but will definately be asking doc about lyme disease. thank you EB x





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    I was an outdoors person ,for 29 yrs I have suffered much as you and the NHS denies I have Lyme (no s ). I was bitten and had Bullseye rash..yet they all sing from the same hymn sheet, for they do not know the science.Only obey the piper of misinformation. Good Luck Jacqueline.

    ive had this problem for many years trying for a reduction on the nhs.keep being told to loose weight then my bust would get small thats totally rubbish like you i was a 42f now a 40g,I suffer from fibromyalgia and servere machanical back pain and serve lower back pain no pain relief helps with all my over all body and joint pain.If doctors had to carry the weight of our breats they would ask fo rreductions as well its so not fair xx

    I woke up on morning with a pain in my right shoulder as if I'd been laid funny in the night but after two days the pain was still there and then my left wrist started having pain in it. My wrist swollen up after few more days and pain kept moving from my wrist to fingers and then back to wrist joint and in my shoulder the pain hurts accross top of chest muscle colla bone area going up my knec and now both shoulder ache really bad after 4 weeks still hurt. My gp sent my bloods off and all clear. I'm on diclofenac and pain killers but it never gets rid of the pain. There is some parts of the day where I can do everything normally but there's still bit of pain then other times of the day I can't even sit down, put a tshirt on or change channel on tv without it nearly making me cry. Its a mystery to me why this has happended due to no injury or anything. I'm 27 years old.





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    Iam 33 l have been getting joint pain in my elbows arms hands and my hands get stiff lam l to young to get gout or arthritis.This pain is all the time.





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    Iam also 33 and have been having the same pain as you but with neck pain also. It started in my right elbow and hand but recently i have had pain in my left elbow too even holding my mobile brings on pain and i have even been woken in the night through pain. I have a few other health problems don't think any are related to this but if you have found the reason i would be gratefull for some info to be posted. Thanx

    I keep getting intermittent sharp stabbing pains at the first joint in my big toe. There is no swelling and I have full movement. I am 5ft 6" and 10 stone, eat a reasonably balanced diet and moderate wine consumption (little beer). The pain is worse when resting. Even pain when sleeping. Could this be gout?





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