• 4 months ago

    Joint pain and no answers please help.

    Hello.

    I'm an 18 year old female and for the last 6/7 months I have been experiencing severe joint pain mostly in my knees, shoulders, ankles and wrists. I feel it's important to add that I had a coil fitted around this time and shortly after became pregnant, unfortunately I had a termination and had my coil removed. However it has now been 3/4 months since this has happened and I still have these pains.

    I've been tested for absolutely everything and it's all come back negative (e.g. Thyroid, arthritis) I was told I am perfectly healthy and that it could be down to stress. I'm at my wits end because the pain is unbearable, although it comes and goes it's awful, but I don't know if it could've been brought on by stress due to my situation. I've also experienced swelling in my ankle and I couldn't walk on it for a few days until eventually the pain goes and moves to another joint. I really don't know what it could be or what I should do.

    Thanks

Responses

  • 4 months ago

    RE: Joint pain and no answers please help.

    You need to see a rhuematologist(sp?). Your PCP cannot diagnosis this type of illness, a specialist is required. They only know the basic tests and many times those tests produce false negatives. I'm surprised they didn't refer you based on the problems with your joints.
      • 4 months ago
        Thank you. I'll put it to them next time I go. I feel as though my doctors are a bit slow on the uptake and it's things like this that prove it.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Joint pain and no answers please help.

    Have you ever been tested for Lyme disease?
      • 4 months ago
        Several times, always comes back negative
      • 15 days ago
        I was recently tested for lyme's and my results came up positive plus my MRI indicates possible lymes. The neurologist has referred me to a infectious disease MD.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Joint pain and no answers please help.

    Any chance you were bit by a tick? Sounds like very possibly Lyme disease although the test is notoriously inaccurate with a lot of false negatives
  • 6 days ago

    RE: Joint pain and no answers please help.

    I have a son who just turned 20 and when he was 2 to 3 years old he had a rare disease that affected his joints we were told it was triggered by the bacteria that was causing the flu virus that year, there were a few cases that had turned up that year, and a couple kids got so sick they actually died from it. What happensed to him was the ankle on either extremity would swell up to the point I actually thought he could have possibly broken it , he was in excruciating pain and could not bear the touch of a hand let alone walk took him to the er and found nothing at all wrong they did exrays and checked him all out told me to take him home wait 24 hours and see if the swelling went down .if it didn't bring him back. Within the 24 hours it went down he was playing again as if nothing happened for about a day then the knee on the opposite leg did the same thing took him to the er and found nothing told them about the first incident so they suggested the 24 hour wait mind you this baby is in so much pain I could not even touch him we would both just cry all night long me because I could not comfort him no sleep what so ever I give him motrin and Tylenol for the pain per the doctors . Same thing swelling down and all all was good in about 24 hours. 2 days later it happens again to the ankle on The opposite foot from the first one. This time we went to a different er they found nothing give him steroids and benadryl and told me motrin for pain and if not better in the 24 hours bring him back this went on 6 times in a week and a half period we were so tired from no sleep, by this time we went back to the first er and i was so frustrated I was not going home till they told me what was wrong. But on the sixth time it was different the whole lower half of his leg swelled and he he got this red rash and he had big lumps all up and down his leg, goose egg sizeded covering the whole lower half I was freaking out I could not get him to the er fast enough. A doctor came in looked at it I told him the history of the last 2 weeks and he went and got another doctor to confirm his suspicion they said 2 kids were recorded dead from this the same week so now i am really freaking out and they had 2 other cases in there hospital the same week it was called leukocytoclastic vasculitus they kept him on the steroids and just told me to give him motrin and tylenol like i was there wasnt really nothing we could do except try and control the pain they said it could go away in a week or 2 or it could last several moths or even several years. The next day we went his pediatrician and he looked it up in the medic book and actually printed off the pages for me and to confirm that was indeed what it was and that as he got older it could affect his physical activity in sports and exercise. The bacteria in the flu the way I understood it was attacking the blood vessels and that's were the rash and big lumps came from. I don't know if this is at all what you have but it is worth checking out since it's rare. Thank God his cleared up in about 4 months it got to be lo nger and longer in between flare ups until he was finally clear of it he does have some joint problems once in a while and we would always let his coaches know he had weak joints in his legs his never affected any extremity above the waist but it did attack his groin that was the worst he couldnt even hardly wear a diaper half the time
    I kept it so loose it was barely on. These were the most painful months in our lives me because I could do nothing not even hold him cause the pain was so bad and him of course being the one in excruciating pain.