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Diagnosed with arthritis. Having severe pain, swelling in both legs, leaking clear fluid. Solution?

im 55 yr old female, obese, i have recently been diagagnosed with arthritis in my right knee, since july i have had severe pain there, went through a course of simvastat which didnt help much, i use a cane to walk, since then i have swelling in both legs, today my left leg, which i also have some minor knee pain in, started leaking clear fluid, nothing major, just enough that my sock is damp by the end of the day, what does this mean and what can i do
Asked On : Mon, 14 Jan 2013
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its important that you meet a rhumatologist for a proper work up and diagnoses. I proper diagnosis shall lead to prescription of more specific drugs. Pain especially articular pain in obese patients usually greatly improves with weight loss. Asking your physician to prescribe to an appropriate diet that could help you lose some weight and adequate and appropriate physical exercise could be very helpful in reducing the pains you experience.
Fluid leaking from the knee or joint usually needs to be investigated to know the characteristics and the cause. There are moments arthritis could be infectious and reveals itself later especially if slow growing germs are involved. I would advise you to meet your rhumatologist for a proper work up, comply with the exercise and diet plan.
Thanks as I wish you a fast recovery,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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