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What causes joint pains?

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Posted on Sat, 13 Dec 2014
Question: I am a 45-year-old healthy female. In the last 10 days I have been experiencing increasing joint pain. I would call it sudden onset pain. It began in my right elbow, is now painful behind my right knee my left hip my right shoulder and my fingers. I can barely lift anything with my right hand.
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Answered by Dr. Mukesh Chugh (56 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It could be reactive arthritis

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for posting
I have gone through your query and understand your concern.Based on the symptoms of short duration it could be reactive arthritis that is secondary to some other illness like viral infection, diarrhea etc.Do you have fever in last few days or any other illness?
Most of the time,this type of arthritis recover of its own without any long term effect on joint health.
Meanwhile all you need to have nutritious diet,plenty of fluid,Ibuprofen and rest.
Looking forward to your reply.
Take care
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Mukesh Chugh (1 hour later)
Thank you. No fever; just a bit tired. What do you suggest for this and is there a difinitive way to know?
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Answered by Dr. Mukesh Chugh (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
As follows

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Its good to see you.
I have gone through your reply carefully and would like to know is there any redness of eyes along with burning sensation while urination?
There is no specific test for diagnosing reactive arthritis, but routinely we ask for urine examination and Stool samples may also be tested for signs of infection. Blood tests of reactive arthritis patients are typically positive for the HLA-B27 genetic marker, with an elevated white blood cell count and an increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) -- both signs of inflammation. The patient may also be mildly anaemic (having too few red blood cells in the bloodstream).
Meanwhile you may have the treatment as discussed earlier.
Get well soon.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Mukesh Chugh (23 minutes later)
Thank you. No burning upon urination or red eyes.
How lond should i wait for the sumptoms to clear up before requesting the mentioned blood work?

Much apprciation,
XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Mukesh Chugh (29 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
As follows

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Its good to see you
We cannot exactly predict but usually may last few weeks time.During this period rest,ibuprofen along with injection cortisone shot helps.
Get well soon
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes joint pains?

Brief Answer: It could be reactive arthritis Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for posting I have gone through your query and understand your concern.Based on the symptoms of short duration it could be reactive arthritis that is secondary to some other illness like viral infection, diarrhea etc.Do you have fever in last few days or any other illness? Most of the time,this type of arthritis recover of its own without any long term effect on joint health. Meanwhile all you need to have nutritious diet,plenty of fluid,Ibuprofen and rest. Looking forward to your reply. Take care