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Pain in the shoulders, elbows, hips and legs. Not responding to advil. What else can I take?

I'm a 60 year old women, I have exercised and ran most of my life. I've had 4 children. At night I ache so bad it keeps me awake.The aches seem to more around from my shoulders,elbows, and all over my legs and hips. I take a sleeping pill and Advil at night but it does not work. Why am I experiencing this and what can I take?
Asked On : Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Based from the information it seems that you are having "ARTHRITIS" which is a inflammation of major joints.
Causes are mostly two as follows
1) RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. (Auto immune disorder)
2) DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS. ( over use arthritis )

Now you can keep taking the ADVIL as long as it helps to gain comfort, but if the pain is out of control then needs to consult physician.
The physician will do some blood work as well as an X-ray of joint to find the leading cause for the problem once the cause is found they will prescribe appropriate anti-inflamatory drug with pain killer power to relieve the issue.

Mean while
1) Hot water sponging may help to reduce the pain.
2) please try to provide proper rest to the joints, and avoid heavy exercises
3) Keep on taking ADVIL as long it helps.

Hope I have addressed your question properly.

Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Mukesh Tilgam's  Response
if you are feeling it first time you should take the sympomatic treatment by the consulting a physician. if pain persist you should go for x ray of joint to rule out osteoporosis/osteoarthitis.
becouse at the stage of this age it is common.
in case of any positive finding regarding this consult to a orthopedic surgeon
take care
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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