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Can stopping birth control cause joint pain ?

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After stopping birth control I started having extreme joint pain in feet, fingers and knee's. Could stopping the birth control be causing this horrible pain? It's been a month since i stopped taking it and its been a month of pain. Seems to be the worst in the mornings and most of the time it will not hurt as bad as the day goes on...if I take a hot shower or bath and take ibprophin.
Posted Mon, 30 Apr 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Rhea Chanda 27 minutes later

Thanks for the query.

Birth control pills usually dont have side effects similar to your symptoms. It is not a known fact that Birth control pills can cause joint pains and swelling as you complain.

Hormones dont affect the joint and cause pain per se.

You should get right blood work done,to rule out high uric acid(gout) and rheumatoid arthritis .Some other auto immune connective tissue disorders present similarly,but the main ones to exclude first are the above. A Rheumatologist is better person to consult for assessment.

Yet you were doing the right thing to reduce the pain with hot showers and Ibuprufen. But these would not stop the cause, they are just temporary relievers.

You may start taking calcium supplements.

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