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Could it be arthritis?

Jun 03, 2015 5:54 AM

For the past 2 months I have had a very sore, cracking, clicking elbow joint. Last year a had a blood test since I had very sore joints and muscles, and It showed no signs of arthritis. I was just wondering if arthritis could have developed in that time? If not what else could it be? If i leave it bend for a while when I straighten it, it is very hard and clicks but out. I'm am only 14, and is it NOT growing pains, so please don't say that. Thanks x

Jun 03, 2015 9:31 AM

Sam, there is something that happens to joints in adolescents. My daughter went through it; clicking & popping with pain. Her doc just called it growing pains. But I believe what she suffered was a precursor to arthritis, because she's now 27 & has arthritis in multiple joints. That may be what's going to happen with you, develop arthritis later due to these symptoms. I truly hate the catch all "growing pains" because if that were the case every adolescent would suffer through it. My husband great niece, age 12, was just dx with juvenile RA. She told her mom, after being on meds for a month, "Mom, this is the first time my hands have ever felt good and not hurt." I hope you can find some relief soon. I use voltaren gel on my arthritic neck, hands and feet. Praying for you! πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Jun 03, 2015 11:17 AM

I'm also 14 and originally thought it might be arthritis because my family usually gets it really young.
I remember everyone thinking it was carpal tunnel, which was ridiculous considering I'd had pain for years.
I also came back negative for arthritis in the nerve conductivity test.
It could be some form of arthritis, or possibly something like CRPS/RSD.
Best of luck figuring out what it is!

Jun 03, 2015 11:52 AM

Zam, just a quick question. Do you think your skin of you or some of your family members is extra stretchy then most people? And do you think that your skin does not heal very well after injuries to it? If you could just answer those questions, that would be great. i am just curious. If you give me the answer to the question that I am looking for, I will tell you. There is no need to tell people about conditions that don't even come close to being in there wheelhouse.

Jun 03, 2015 5:15 PM

Thanks Flappyslady, and ferritbandit what do you have cause mine other pain sounds similar! And profiler yes my skin is like that sometims

Jun 03, 2015 7:14 PM

My thoughts on blood tests and diagnosis. The blood test for arthritis is crap. I have had RA for 30 years diagnosed by surgical biopsy. The blood test has been done a dozen times and only showed positive twice. The sedan rate test shows low on me also. My rhumatologist said that arthritis is a pizzle and many pieces need to fit together to have a diagnosis. One or two tests do not make a diffinative diagnosis. In rereading this I am pretty negative today. Sorry to come off that way I am really supportative.. Just my frustration with the medical world. My pain level is playing into my crappy attitude. I truly wish you all the best and welcome to the group.

Jun 03, 2015 8:13 PM

LMB, I get what you're saying. It's like to many doctors think if your symptoms and tests don't fit into that "descriptive little classification box", there's absolutely no way you could possibly have that disease. Many patients don't fit the box, but the doctors can't see for the blinders they wear!

Hope you feel better soon. Hugs! πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Jun 04, 2015 6:18 PM

I have reflex sympathetic dystrophy/complex regional pain syndrome.
Some related things are dystonias and peripheral neuropathy, which my neurologist said I definitely have.
There's usually some type of original injury, either known or unknown.
I have a problem with the joint in my middle right finger, and the pain spread from there.
RSD/CRPS is similar to fibromyalgia in that it is a differential diagnosis, so doctors need to rule out other possibilities first.
I hope you can get answers soon!

Jul 20, 2015 7:48 AM

Thank you everyone you are all very helpful ☺️ It's just so hard to try and work what's wrong πŸ˜”

Jul 21, 2015 12:47 PM

If I'm not mistaken Profiler, were you suggesting Ehlers-Danlos syndrome? That's what came to mind for me at least.

You might want to do some research on Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and see if those symptoms might fit what you're feeling. :)

Jul 21, 2015 1:31 PM

Zam133 I hate too see someone as young as you going thru this. I hope that you find out what you have sooner than later. Will keep in my prayers. Welcome to our group.

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