Is it Rheumatoid Arthritis???

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   Posted 6/26/2007 2:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a 27year old woman. Until this past January, I have never had a history of this type of pain or any other chronic health problems. . I am currently on no medication except for muscle relaxers to deal with this pain. The following is a general list of discomfort I have been experiencing:sad

-The left ball of my left foot aches constantly.
-The inside of my right knee: hurts while bending and sometimes while its straight when I lay down.
-Both hips are just sore and tight, but loosen as the day goes on. Hurts to put weight on them.
-My mid back - it hurts to take a deep breath - feels like all the muscles attached to my rib bones are too small and can't reach where they should.
-My upper arm muscles - triceps? can't reach behind me, hurts to raise my arm, to lift things, hurts to lean on anything with them (cant sleep on side comfortably)
-Neck - generally tight, can't turn head to shoulder

Is it possible that I mat be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis??Are these the symptoms for arthritis??I was surfing on the net recently to know about some medication against Rheumatoid arithritis,I found that Depen Penamine is used to treat severe Rheumatoid Arthritis??? If anyone out there can answer this I would deeply appreciate it.Before I go further and approach my Dr.

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   Posted 6/26/2007 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Shania15.. welcome to Healing well.. this pain you describe.. is it in the joint or in the muscle? Normally muscle pain isn't RA... then I would think something along the lines of Fibro.. How long have you been feeling this way? Is there any redness to where you have the pain or swelling? If it is red and swollen, is it hot to the touch?
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   Posted 6/26/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to agree with Ducky.I have Ra and what you are saying sounds more like Fibro than RA.The only way to know for sure is to see a Rheumy and have some test done.Now I am by no mean a doctor and I can only tell you what it sounds like to me.Good luck and let us know what you find out.

Traci's Tummy Hurts
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   Posted 6/29/2007 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have RA, but they thought I did because my mom was diagnosed and I had arthritis pain.  Turns out I have arthritis due to IBD. 
RA is very symetric.  As in if your left wrist hurts, your right wrist hurts, etc.  That helped my rheumatologist determine that I did not have RA.
Traci, 26 yr. old female
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*4000 mg of Sulfaslazine/day
*Levsin as needed for cramping
*Constant bc (skipping the placebo and starting the next pack) for ovarian cysts
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