Joints popping/making sounds

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   Posted 4/22/2017 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm new here. I don't actually have an RA diagnosis, I have Sjogren's syndrome and the way it is affecting me is quite atypical, with joint inflammation being the biggest problem. So I thought I'd ask you RA people instead of the SS crowd, since many of them experience little to no joint problems.

My hips have been the main problem for me, with very persistent inflammation. I have been on Methotrexate for almost a year and Plaquenil since August, and the pain is almost gone now. However, my hips are constantly "popping" when I walk and when I move in certain ways (and sorry for being blunt, but it's becoming a problem in my sex life as well). It's not really painful, just uncomfortable. It's not like the loud, kind of high pitched noises that you get from cracking your fingers, it's more of a "deep" sound, and I can physically feel something moving in my joint. This is something that has developed over the last six months or so, it was never an issue before my joints became inflamed. Does anyone recognize this? Do you know if it's a sign that the joint has been damaged in some way? I haven't had any MRIs or X-rays since March last year. Back then they didn't see any damage to the joints, just inflammation. Now I'm concerned that my joints have been damaged, but I don't want to seem like a hypochondriac to my doctor so I thought I'd ask here first.

Any input is greatly appreciated!!

(If it matters, I'm a 26 year old female, fit and normal-low weight.)

Post Edited (Blomst) : 4/22/2017 1:20:38 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/23/2017 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Blomst and welcome to HW.

I have RA as well as SJ and have had it for quite a few years now. It has only been the last 5 or so for me that I have had this same type of experience in my knees as well as left hip. I had an MRI which revealed nothing but it is bad enough that I walk now with a pronounced limp and use a cane much of the time. Like I said, I have had RA for many years.

I would be persistent with your doctor about this symptom and insist that they help you figure out what is happening and why. You are young and you don't need things getting bad when there may be a medication which will help to relieve this. Once you develop damage in a joint there is no going back. It can get better certainly but it will not be the same.

Take care, -Don
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