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Arthritis anyone?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Hunter500ky, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. Jan 4, 2011 at 12:03 PM
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    Hunter500ky

    Hunter500ky [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Im not sure if that is my case or what, Im going to the doctor next week.

    I played foot ball in middle school and thought I fractured my wrist, never went to ER ya ya I know.

    Anyway 2 years ago it started hurting pretty bad x-ray revealed nothing, it looked fine.


    Now it is KILLING me, I barely move it and it screams at me.

    My dad mentioned it might be arthritis.



    Anyway my wrist, it kills when I bend it back at all.

    If you feel, your hand palm down about center on the wrist there is a indentation, if I touch that at all it almost puts me into tears and I can handle pain.



    Advice
     
  2. Jan 4, 2011 at 12:23 PM
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    I had something similar that started a few years ago... It started off in my right wrist, then knees, ankles & all joints started hurting pretty (like razor blades or shards of glass) bad shortly after, I played sports and broke several bones when I was young and was thinking arthritis. The Doc figured Arthritis or pinched nerve and begun testing... I had about a 2 years of testing (Nerve studies, blood tests, xrays, isotopes, bone scans) and nothing turned up, just constant pain... Finally I requested a specialist and he looked into my blood work and seen elevated levels of acid and I was diagnosed with Gout shortly thereafter. It's been about a year since I've began treatment and I am finally feeling better. I hope you can find the cause sooner than I did, just make sure your doctor is doing all he can and if you feel you need a specialist by all means ask your Dr to recommend one. Good luck and I hope for the best!
     
  3. Jan 4, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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    Thanks, now that I think about it, it does feel like it could be a pinched nerve....

    I can feel something there (hopefully not a foreign object that needs surgery).

    How do you get gout?
     
  4. Jan 4, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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    Gout:

    Gout is caused by having higher-than-normal levels of uric acid in your body. Your body may make too much uric acid, or have a hard time getting rid of uric acid. If too much uric acid builds up in the fluid around the joints (synovial fluid), uric acid crystals form. These crystals cause the joint to swell up and become inflamed.

    Symptoms
    Symptoms of acute gouty attacks:
    • Symptoms develop suddenly and usually involve only one or a few joints. The big toe, knee, or ankle joints are most often affected.
    • The pain frequently starts during the night and is often described as throbbing, crushing, or excruciating.
    • The joint appears warm and red. It is usually very tender (it hurts to lay a sheet or blanket over it).
    • There may be a fever.
    • The attack may go away in several days, but may return from time to time. Additional attacks usually last longer.
    After a first gouty attack, people will have no symptoms. Some people will go months or even years between gouty attacks.
    Some people may develop chronic gouty arthritis, but others may have no further attacks. Those with chronic arthritis develop joint deformities and loss of motion in the joints. They will have joint pain and other symptoms most of the time.
    Tophi are lumps below the skin around joints or in other places. They may drain chalky material. Tophi usually develop only after a patient has had the disease for many years.
    After one gouty attack, more than half of people will have another attack.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2011 at 12:40 PM
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    Hmm yeah I dont ever remember having any of those symptoms.

    However you never know.

    Ill make mention of that though to the doctor.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2011 at 12:44 PM
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    Gout is one possibility, also the wrist could have not healed properly from when you injured it.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    Nerve studies aren't really painful, but more annoying... Kind of like an extended Ink session but no needles, but about the same pain level. When I had my first one it lasted about 4 hrs, it was 4 hrs of getting shocked about 4-5 times on each spot, so I was shocked about 200 times between my back & both arms. There is no way to fool the nerve studies as it measures your nerve reaction time, so they can tell pretty much right away if you have a pinched nerve or not.
     
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