Popping joints in 14 year old!

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meandI
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   Posted 1/28/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
     I have a question concerning my 14 year old son.  For the past couple of years he has had a problem with popping joints.  It started with his jaw. Then it started to occur in his hands and feet.  It happens repetively.  It just pops over and over again.  I myself am a knuckle popper and I know that when I pop my knuckles I cannot pop them again for a while but his just pop over and over. 
     I don't know if this is related but he also had pectus carinatum which he had surgery on to correct 6 months ago.  I have heard that connective tissue disorders can be related but I am not sure.
   Could this be a type of arthritis?  Or something else?
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   Posted 1/29/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there meandI.. welcome to healing well.. Does your son complain of any pain in his joints? Is there any redness or swelling? I believe from what I have been told before, is that popping of joints is just the fluid pockets moving around.. Erin will correct me if I'm wrong (she's one of our nurses on here)... hhmm... let me look some stuff up and I'll get back with ya in a bit.. hang in there and keep posting!
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meandI
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   Posted 1/29/2007 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
He sometimes complains of them hurting.  Usually after they have popped several times in a row.  I have not seen any redness or swelling.
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erin.K
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   Posted 2/6/2007 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
hi meandI,
 
with these "popping joints"...are you referring to a "noise"?  or the actual popping out of the socket?
 
also, does your son have to physical manipulate an appendage to cause the popping?  like open the jaw wide?  or raise the arms high above his head or swing the arms back and forth?  or do the joints "pop" or crack naturally (by just walking casually or when dressing?)
 
some people are just "noisy" so to speak.  personally, all i have to do is move my arm across my chest & the shoulder will "pop" every single time...and i can do this 10 times in a row...same with the jaw.
 
when someone is pigeon breasted, i'm sure it's quite posible for some anatomy to be slightly out of alignment (thus some more than usual popping & noises.)
 
has he seen a rheumatologist?
what did the surgeon or consulting physicians say about it?
 
also, in adolescants the joints tend to still be "soft" and the ability to be "hypermobile" with the joints (sort of like double jointed) is very common.  hypermobility in joints can make those noises...and it's perfectly fine.
 
is there any other health history that would indicate a connective tissue disorder that has you concerned?  i mean, at his next doc appt, it absolutely can not hurt to run an arthritis panel of labs in the bloodwork...for SLE, RA, get an ANA and sedrate.  if he still has painful joints that interferes with his life & causes discomfort it would be worth it to run those labs.
i would tell this to his physician, your concerns.  get his/her opinion.
 
again, noisy joints do not necessarily mean that something is wrong.  but "joint pain" is not normal.  if this troubles your son & yourself...it's better to be safe than to "wait and see", and running a little blood work sooner than later would be wise.
 
do take good care & write back when you can!
:-)  erin
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   Posted 2/8/2007 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello this is the first time I am on this site and the 2nd time I have ever done this so be abit patient My daughter is also 14 and constantly manipulates her joints to make them crack she says if she does not do it they become very painful and difficult to move she also has joints that slide out of place with the slightist trauma or what seems like no reason at all. She does not have joint hyperlaxticity but there is a hypermobility happening. She lets call her M has experienced constant reinjury of her joints due their instability and what looked like clumsyness when she was small ,now I know better.Presently M is in a wheelchair because of severe knee pain. Last week the Rheumy at HSS saw her and Said she had diminished IGA level 33 whatever that means ,having a hard time find info on that. Also said she has polyarthralgia. I don't know about you but the joint cracking behavior gives me the shivers everytime she does it. The Dr. had no reaction when she had to do it to her fingers and her toe while she was in his office . I too would like to know more about this condition too. The best I can say is if he says he is in pain or does not feel good BELIEVE him the only thing worse than being a teenager who does not feel well is not feeling well and not being taken seriosly Vespagal
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