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Has joint pains for years. What can be done?

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Hi doctor,my father is having joint pains for the last three years.Please suggest
Posted Wed, 4 Jul 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 3 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
I can appreciate your concern for your father.
The reasons for multiple joint pains at his age commonly are:
1. Rheumatoid arthritis
2. Gout
3. Vitamin B12 deficiency
4. Vitamin D deficiency
5. Calcium deficiency

Ideal person to consult for this is orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist.
Please discuss this with your family and doctor and ask for a proper referral.

Most of the cases respond satisfactorily to the treatment.
After examination the doctor may advise some investigations like
RA Test
S.Uric Acid
Vit D level
B12 Level
Blood counts
Blood sugar
X XXXXXXX as per need

In mean time, this should help.
1. Ask him to have more of fruits, vegetables soups etc.
2. Maintain a healthy routine, keep walking till he has pain, and just stop before the pain starts
3. Apply some analgesic ointment like volini gel over the site of pain after a hot fomentation.
4. Milk and milk products are good source of calcium. He should include these in his daily diet.
5. Taking a mild pain killer like ibuprofen will help him till he gets a specific treatment from his orthopedician.

I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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