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Pain and weakness in joints. Negative RF. Worried

Hi, I am 33 years old. Had a baby 5 months ago. I had joint swelling during the pregnancy but it seems to have for worse since I had my baby. I have inflammation, pain and weakness in my joints, a crp of 57 and inflammatory markers in my liver function results for a year. I am also constantly tired. My rheumatoid factor came back negative. My doctor has order blood tests to check for antibodies to rule out certain diseases but he didn t tell me which diseases it might be and now I m worried and would like some reassurance as to what he will be testing for.
Asked On : Wed, 26 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.
Joint pains in young can be due to autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, inflammatory diseases like SLE, bursitis, fibromyalgia, etc.
To pinpoint the diagnosis, complete physical examination and investigations like complete blood counts, ESR, RA factor, CRP, serum uric acid, serum creatinine, X-ray and MRI joints from a rheumatologist are needed.
A high levels of anti- DNase is suggestive of an autoimmune disorder which needs disease modifying agents and oral steroids to take care of the symptoms. You need to consult a rheumatologist for proper treatment
I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Thu, 26 Jun 2014
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