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A 38-year-old female asked:

Do you think it's arthritis? i just had my 4th child 3 months ago and my whole body hurts. all of my joints, i should say--my hips, my wrists, my fingers, my ankles, my back. i am in excruciating pain on a daily basis, sometimes to the point of hardly b

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Dr. Neal Birnbaum
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Your : Your story is suspicious for early rheumatoid arthritis, which frequently comes on shortly after the birth of a child. I urge you to see your primary care physician who can obtain a full history, physicial examination, and appropriate laboratory tests. If there are abnormalities, you will likely be referred to a rheumatologist to confirm the diagnosis and begin treatment to control your symptoms and prevent joint damage. Evaluation by a rheumatologsit may also be appropriate if you have persistent, significant symptoms even if the initial evaluation by the primary care doctor is normal.
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Dr. Joseph Hogan
47 years experience
Evaluation: Evalustion and laboratory tests to rule out or in fibrmyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome with pain.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016


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