A barrage of symptoms and few answers.

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   Posted 2/13/2018 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, everyone!

3 months ago a was awakened by strong back pain. From then on back pain was something I felt in the morning when awakening or it would wake me.

During this time I began to experience some minor eye pain and minor blurry vision that goes away after a few blinks.

Some joint pains as well started up.

Then 3 weeks ago some abdominal pain.

And then 2 weeks ago some rib pain. On and off. On my sides AND near sternum. Lower ribs mostly though.

GI doctor did an endoscopy and a colonoscopy today and said all looked good.

I REALLY don’t want to have some spinal type arthritis. I’m 33.

Any chance it could be H. pylori, TB(I think I tested positive some years ago), vitamin d deficiency(I was recently diagnosed, and my wife too and she has had similar issues but not all) or something else?

Thank you!

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   Posted 2/14/2018 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
TinyTom, the list of symptoms you have listed above could be a result of many things & not necessarily RA. Some things to consider is the age of your mattress, wearing the same shoes every day, & even sleeping wrong in bed. There are a lot of OTC things to try such as the pain patches. Your GP should be able to order a test for h-pyloria. Unfortunately, when looking up symptoms on the internet it gets us no where because many conditions have overlapping symptoms.

I would suggest that you go to the Mayo Clinics website & type in RA. They give a very good & reliable information about symptoms of RA & the appropriate testing & treatment. A rheumatologist is the type of dr to see for RA diagnosis.

Take care.
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   Posted 2/23/2018 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
If an endoscopy was done, chances are they tested for H. pylori. Talk to your GI. Get the report. It is a good idea to keep all your own medical records.

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   Posted 2/24/2018 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Blurry eyes could be from various things: staring at your screens too much, dry eyes, diabetes, autoimmune condition....

To rule out diabetes: Check your glucose with a glucometer. Maybe a diabetic friend has one you can use, or maybe you could spend $35 and get your own kit; or you could go to a minute-clinic or get your doctor to run blood test for A1C (3-month average of glucose). He/she probably did a blood test before your recent scoping.

Vitamin D test is easy. Many people are low. I was 25 and like 30 to 80 more normal. I take D3 supplements when I don't go out in the sun, but you have to follow up and get retested if you're doing that to make sure you don't go overboard and start calcifying your organs. <:cO

Back pain is common. Straydog listed many reasons. I tend to slouch back in my desk chair and look at a computer. And while that didn't bother before my 30s, it certainly changed around my mid-30s. If I don't slouch like that, it feels so much better. But, like you suspect it could be other reasons. You want to analyze the easy possibilities first. I got a x-ray of my back recently after 20 years of pain, and it showed no arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis (which I was really worried about). The bottom vertebra in my spine is collapsing and causing so much discomfort from time to time. I know I squashed it really bad a couple of times over the years picking up heavy stuff by myself, and then putting pressure on it with exercise and slouching. Just me.

Hope you figure it out. Analyze the possibilities but don't jump to conclusions. Keep seeing your doc if it's serious. Process of elimination.
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