19 year old - is this Rheumatoid Arthritis ?

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AnMar77
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   Posted 7/25/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
I thought I'd join this and see if I could get any help at all. I'm goni to list my injuries first and then go from there.

I hurt my shoulder playing baseball and I think something's torn... I just have to wait for my MRI arthogram.
I do have a dull pain in my elbows... sort of on the top but also in the forearm.
My hands are shot. I first noticed burning in my right hand so I switched my mouse (I work at an office summer job) to my left but now I can barely move my left hand because it hurts so much. My right hand still burns constantly.
I love running but about 2 months ago my knees really started hurting. It hurts to bend, it hurts when I sit, stand, etc. I think it might be partly illiotibial band syndrome but I feel like I might have strained or sprained or torn something in my left leg/knee. It hurts in the inside of my knee when I move laterally as well. I am in a great deal of pain. I've been to the doctor numerous times. I got tested for arthritis but the doctor said nothing showed up. I just went for an xray for my knees so I just have to wait. I'm taking anti inflammatories(arthotec) but I find that it's not doing anything. I'm only 19 years old and I'm the type of person that feels useleses if they're not being active in some way. Also, I'm going into my first year of Athletic Therapy and I'm going to need use of my hands for massages and all that jazz. I think I'm going to be getting more treatment than giving it. *sigh* I have no idea what to do.
Thanks.

sjkly
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   Posted 7/25/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
For now I think I would push to see a rhuematologist. Why are you waiting for x-ray results don't they read them in the docs office?
You should not have pain from injuries in that many places at once makes me suspect a systemic problem and I would insist on seeing a rhuemy. Perhaps ask your GP what he thinks about you taking prednisone while you wait to see a rhuemy.

Kangaroo
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   Posted 7/26/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there AnMar77!!

I too have just found this site

and hello sjkly, you really know your way around here with over a thousand entries! WOW!!!

I agree with sjkly that your best bet is to see a rheumatologist. But first your Gp should do blood test on your RH factor

There are lots of medicines out there that will give you lots of relief.

Don't put up with the pain

Debbie

sjkly
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   Posted 7/26/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
If your GP is willing to do the blood tests and knows what to run ANA, CRP, SED, RF, CMP, CBC then that would be good it will give your rhuemy something to compare with when he/she reruns the tests. However, keep in mind that negative tests don't mean you don't have RA or something similar so don't let your GP decide you don't need to see a rhuemy if the tests are negative.

AnMar77
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   Posted 7/26/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
so I just went again today and the doctor prescribed Tylonel 3 for the pain. I'm waiting for the x-ray results because they said that my doctor would get them in a weeks time. I had gotten blood tests done a couple weeks ago and they said that my RH (RA same thing?) factor was 25 and 20 is when it should be causing alarm. However, he said that was pretty close so he sent me to test for it again and see what shows up. They also said that my B12 levels were slightly low and sent me to retest that again. I hope it's the latter of the two because I really am not looking forward to a life time of this pain. Just wondering what "prednisone" was and it's side effects. I'm just hoping something can be done soon! Thanks for your responses.

sjkly
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   Posted 7/26/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Prednisone is a corticosteroid. We people with RA have a love hate relationship with it. It works so fast and so well that we love it. The short term effects of high doses are why we hate it. In high doses, pred can cause increased appitite, irritability and rounding of the face. Long term use can result in adreanal insufficency, bone loss, and cataracts. However, using very low doses greatly reduces the chance of getting the long term side effects.
Being completely pain free (for many of us) and having a ton of extra energy are reasons we love it.
RF (rhuematoid factor) is the test for RA (rhuematoid arthritis). Your test was high but not all that high my was 97 and my rhuemy said that is unremarkable (but, positive). You need to have the tests for inflamation as well though (CRP SED) and probably the one that is more specific to lupus just to rule that out (ANA).
B-12 can actually be low due to an autoimmune disease or due to something seperate so one does not rule out the other.
Sj
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