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What causes burning sensation and pain in elbow joint and hip joint?

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Posted on Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Question: burning achy feeling in right elbow joint, left hip joint and left knee joint. i get relief in these joints when I am in motion (being active) and the achy burning returns returns when I am resting or sleeping especially when I am sleeping and setting (it wakes me up while sleeping) and seems to relieves the knee pain when the leg/knee is straight and relaxed and not crossed over the other leg. I know it sounds crazy that activity relieves most of the discomfort, but it does seen to. I am a VERY active person most of the time and I am a very agile person.
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Joint pain relieved with activity

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for contacting HCM

From your inquiry I hear that you are concerned about painful joints when you are at rest and then gets better with activity. I am glad to hear that you are active and in good health. Despite having a steroid injection your pain continues which is making you feel confused as to what is the cause of your pain.

In my practice I see plenty of adults with joint pain and forms of arthritis. From the description of your symptoms this does not sound like a inflammatory type arthritis like rheumatoid. Since the steroid injection did not help that strengthens the diagnosis as less likely inflammatory.

The symptoms sound more like an problem with a mild osteoarthritis. It does affect weight bearing joints or joints that move frequently. When you start being active your body releases more endorphins and that reduces pain. Being active is a great therapy for osteoarthritis. I have recommended yoga and Tai Chi for all my patients with arthritis since these exercises improve movement and reduce pain. For the pain that is waking you at night I would recommend you add Tylenol to reduce your pain.

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Follow up: Dr. Ronald Schubert (14 hours later)
Thank you for the information. I am of the older generation and don't run to a doctor every time I have an ache or pain. I will first try your suggestion first and see if I can get some relief at night. I can assure you I get plenty of exercise during the day, by climbing trees to cut limbs, patching my roof, and was mowing 7 lawns until recently. I have had breast cancer 3 times, chemo 3 times and radiation 2 times. I lost both my breast 2 years age and last year they found cancer in my lymph nodes in my neck and removed them. I do not sit and feel sorry for myself and will content to do what I am doing until I am not able to do it anymore. I will be 69 on my next birthday and when God wants me he will take me home, not before.
Thank you again for your assistance and suggestions.......Patricia Mcdonald
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Stay Active

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for returning your comments. I am thrilled to hear that you have been so active. Please keep your activities up. I hope my suggestions help you through these pains
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What causes burning sensation and pain in elbow joint and hip joint?

Brief Answer: Joint pain relieved with activity Detailed Answer: Thanks for contacting HCM From your inquiry I hear that you are concerned about painful joints when you are at rest and then gets better with activity. I am glad to hear that you are active and in good health. Despite having a steroid injection your pain continues which is making you feel confused as to what is the cause of your pain. In my practice I see plenty of adults with joint pain and forms of arthritis. From the description of your symptoms this does not sound like a inflammatory type arthritis like rheumatoid. Since the steroid injection did not help that strengthens the diagnosis as less likely inflammatory. The symptoms sound more like an problem with a mild osteoarthritis. It does affect weight bearing joints or joints that move frequently. When you start being active your body releases more endorphins and that reduces pain. Being active is a great therapy for osteoarthritis. I have recommended yoga and Tai Chi for all my patients with arthritis since these exercises improve movement and reduce pain. For the pain that is waking you at night I would recommend you add Tylenol to reduce your pain. Hope this answers your question. If you have additional question or want to add any additional information please contact us again