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what's the most likely cause for systemic joint pain in a 21 year old female? i'm 21 years old and i feel like an old woman! i have had this joint pain for a full week and i don't know what to do about it! is it likely to be ra?

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Dr. Gary Sterba
Rheumatology 47 years experience
Well : Well i guess everybody can feel, bad or good at some point . Last week an old woman told me she feels like a 21 year old , which is more likely . Old women remember how they felt when they were 21. ( just joking ) . Pains that are present for only one week , do not qualify for the diagnosis of RA , you need joint inflamation , several joints and at least several weeks , about six. The usual pains women that are 21 get are those related to an acute infection that should be self limited. Of course there are docens of diseases that should be considered , but i would tell you thaat with the information we have until now , you have to wait and see, if you developed new thing , and if the pains go as they came.

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