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Joints make noise on opening, painful. Cause and cure? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 19-Mar-2013
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Doctor:please proceed with the query.
User:I am XXXXXXX and i have a regular prob wherein my joints when i open them make noises as if there is less lubrication
User:which when aggrevates is really painful that i have to take a painkiller
Doctor:How old are you
Doctor:Have you taken any x XXXXXXX of the joints
User:I had done for my shoulders but not my elbow joints
Doctor:Which joints are involved most.
User:The doc told me that it is normal andd nothing to worry but i am not satisfied as i fear that as i age it might turn out to be more problematic
User:elbow joint mostly
Doctor:so your x rays were normal
Doctor:I feel there might be decreased synovial fluid in joints
Doctor:which is causing these sound and pain too
User:the doc didnt tell me anything adverrse, he told that i dont have cervical and i need to exercise.its just that my muscle go to a spasm mode as per docs
User:But what is the cause for reduction in fluid and what should be done
Doctor:what is your weight?
User:Not sure but last time when i had weighed i was 74
Doctor:ok , your height
Doctor:Do you exercise regularly.
Doctor:I was waiting for your reply
User:No dont get the time as i have a hectic nuclear and in a full time job
Doctor:You are overweight, there are possibilities that even this could cause this kind of pain.
Doctor:I suggest you start calcium supplements for a month
Doctor:and increase your fluid and milk inatke
Doctor:also try to exercise atleast during weekends
Doctor:this will increase the mobility
User:Calcium - i regularly take milk
Doctor:and help the keep the limbs and joints flexible
User:Ya i am bad with my fluid intake though
Doctor:It is good if you take calcium for a short while
Doctor:even though you take milk
Doctor:because after delivery, child birth there will be shortage of calcium in all women
User:i take in between the calcium tablets but tht too hasnt helped
User:Ya i agree but i had got my calcium level too checked and it was in normal range
Doctor:Increase the fluid intake then,let us see if any changes are there.Drink 1 to 2 litres of water i dont hv a medical prob?wht about my shoulder pain.
User:Somewhere i think it is related to my stomach...when i hv bowel prob i feel my pain is aggrevatin
Doctor:Do you have neck pain too
Doctor:sitting for long hours front of computer can cause this.You can try TENS therapy is pain is more
User:ya...actually when i stretch i feel noises inmy neck and arms
User:what is tens therapy?
Doctor:Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, a physioherapist can help you with this
Doctor:you might need 5 to 6 sessions
Doctor:it is used for muscle and joint pain
User:ok and will it be a permanent solution or i need to get it done of and on as in every 6 months or just once and for all 5-6 sessions
Doctor:It depends, if the problem is just muscle related and not due to nay underlying medcial condition
Doctor:it wiill be a one time thing
User:If the prob would persist even after TENS then what would be the way further?
Doctor:Orthpedician, if x XXXXXXX is done then MRI possibly for any nerve related problem
User: thanks
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