Could I have Arthritis?

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True Grave
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   Posted 2/8/2006 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
    I'm sort of new here, well I usually post in the HIV/AIDS Forum because I'm very paranoid about that particular disease. Any little thing I feel I associate with HIV. However now I realize that there are many other things out there. Recently my bones have been hurting (Anckles, Lower/Upper back, Jaw.) The pain in those mentioned are not so bad and they come and go from time to time. Now the ones that I'm really worried about are my wrist. I get huge pains there and not only there but in my entire hands. I feell as if my bones especially my hands are very weak. I'm going to the doctor as soon as my insurance kicks in (a couple of days) but in the mean time I want to hear your opinnions on the mentioned. By the way I'm 21 years old which makes it hard for me to bealive that I have arthritis.

erin.K
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   Posted 2/8/2006 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there & welcome to the arthritis forum.
I hear you are very very worried about HIV.  Have you had a definitive HIV blood test confirmed yet?  I ask because it sounds like you are petrified of contracting it and it weighs heavily on your mind.  I looked and saw you're waiting 13 weeks to do the test?  Well my friend, you are doing the right thing by getting tested.  It is scary.  I have had routine HIV bloodwork performed when I worked in the hospital...because you never really do know!
 
I'm 24...you're 21!  It is not uncommon for someone young to get arthritis; it just depends on the type!  Rheumatory arthritis or RA is an autoimmune disease where the body basically attacks itself (thus, "autoimmune") or self-immune.  Symptoms are typically painful, swollen or red joints on both sides of the body.  And just too many other symptoms to list!  But a Dr. can run specific blood labs for this type of arthritis.
Osteo arthritis, if you were a big time athlete and wore and tore your joints, is possible at a young age.  Xrays would confirm this.  OA is common though in the 4th and over decades of life.
Any sort of infection (staph, chlamydial, syphilis, gonorrhea, Lymes...) can result in arthritis if the infection is left untreated for a very long time.
 
When did this start to bother you?
Take care & write back soon.
Erin 
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avanza 30mg & too many others.


True Grave
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   Posted 2/8/2006 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and thanks for answering. Yes, I get myself checked for HIV/AIDS every 3 months. Last year I got 4 test, all coming back negative. My last sexual encounter was in december. I didn't actually have sex because I backed of because of my fear but I did umm finger her and after that I umm pleasured myself and I'm afraid that some of her fluids ended up on my penus. I hear that once the HIV virus has contact with air it dies out so that that particular incident isnt really a high risk one but still I want to get checked. Now about the joint pains. Hmmm I started getting them around the same time I was worried that I had HIV which was hmm I'd say August of last year. However, the pains have increased. Around a month ago my hand have been hurting much more. I feel like if my hands were taken out of freezing water and then placed of hot water and my wrist feel very weak. Thanks for answering and what is your opinion on all this erin?

CaMama
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   Posted 2/8/2006 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   

I think Erin answered a lot of your questions. Arthritis, sadly, can affect you at any age. I've had it since I was a child. And like rin mentioned, there are many many things that contribute or cause RA.

However, stress can cause a lot of pain in the areas you are describing as well. I'll tell you now, since the doctor will probably tell you to do this as well - start stretching on a regular and daily basis....see if it helps. I mention it because you sound really stressed out right now about the HIV issue and you would be amazed at how that can affect your body.

Good luck, I hope you don't have HIV or RA.

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erin.K
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   Posted 2/9/2006 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   

hey there!

well, take comfort in knowing that by being a male...you've less likely a chance of contracting HIV in the first place because you have less vascular, exposed surface area than women do.  your fear and concern about the encounter is VERY understandable. 

last september, my boyfriend and i pulled a woman out of a car crash on the highway, we were there watching it happen.  lucky people they were to have 2 medical professionals at the seen!  but when i was holding her up against the concrete divider...my whole 2 arms were covered in blood!  and not mine!  so imagine that!  i had open skin on my fingers but not on my arms....so i tried not to let it drip anywhere.  after a few days went by, that anxiety and worry left me.  i do not believe i've had an HIV draw since then...but by conversing with you....perhaps i should!  so thank you!

true that the virus kind of "inactivates" once oxygen hits it.  one of those things that doesn't survive in the atmosphere.

wow....have you ever heard of Reynauds phenomena?  slang for it is "flag hands"!  they turn red, blue and white.  it starts by a say either a freezing feeling in the hands or burning heat or even like a frostbite...then it gets hot and burns and tingles and turns red and then they get pale and are always cold.  it does fall into the catagory of an arthritis but the vasculature of the hands and joints play the major parts.

carpal tunnell syndrome can cause bad hand pain too.

what's your health history?  any existing medical problems?  i would say...at you rnext Dr. appointment, get a full work up.  a complete CBC w/ diff , RA, ANA, CMP, VDRL, Ebv,   and even your thyroid too. (this should cover all immediate bases) the painful areas tell the doc and he can evaluate them & will most likely start with a series of Xrays or an MRI of the hands or any other painful area.

could your job/work or activities be causing joint and or muscle pain?

take care.

the best to you!

erin


Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avanza 30mg & too many others.


True Grave
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   Posted 2/9/2006 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
hmmm No I havent had a history of diseases in my family or myself for that matter. Everything started with the fear of getting HIV last year. Since then I have been very self consience of every little thing in my body. The only thing I can think of is the stress of thinking that I have something.
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