Posted by: Ouch | 2009/04/15

Joint Pain

Experiencing stiffness and severe pain in several joints. Particularly hands/wrists/ankles/hips, leading to poor function.

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Dear Ouch
Joint stiffness and pain is often a sign of arthritis. There are more than one kind, the most common known is rheumatoid arthritis but it can also be caused by outo immune diseases ( the body makes antibodies against itself) or certain infections and even by some medications. Please see your doctor for x/rays and some blood tests to try an identify the cause, as this would influence the treatment needed. If it is rheumatoid arthritis, taking painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication is not enough, as one needs to prevent joint damage with immune suppressing medication.
Dr Bets

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