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What causes pain below the knees with numbness in the foot and abdominal pain followed by diarrhea?

I haven t been feeling right for about 2.5 weeks. It started with bilateral pain from knees down. I have RA and was seen by my doc and he told me it wasn t RA flare up but Osteoarthritis. He gave me a cortisone injection and ordered X-rays. His explanation made no sense to me because basically out of know here I could barely walk and was very weak in my legs. Anyhow I saw an Orthopedic doc yesterday that said X-rays do not support the Rheumatologist diagnosis of OA and said I need to have more work up done because it s an inflammatory/ autoimmune problem. My right foot has numbness and tingling especially at night and today I m having abdominal pain. I have had intermittent bouts of diarrhea for the past couple of days as well.
Mon, 29 Jul 2019
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hello,

The pain below the knees can be due to arthritic changes in the knees, tiredness, muscle cramps or low levels of calcium or vitamin D3. The numbness of foot can be related to a mild nerve root irritation at the level of the lower spine.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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