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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Overview)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for a more specific diagnosis.


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What causes painful joints (fingers, elbows, knees) & low back pain?

What causes painful joints (fingers, elbows, knees) & low back pain?

Most commonly PsA!: Psoriatic arthritis would be most likely! But with so many., it is likely inflammatory. See a rheumatologist! ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
1,559 Doctors shared insights

Painful Joints (Overview)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for a more specific diagnosis.


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Are there ways to help ease the symptoms of painful joints?

Are there ways to help ease the symptoms of painful joints?

See below: The best ways to ease the painful joints in my opinion are to try to get them moving again. For someone with a lot of pain and restricted motion, this might involve working first in a heated pool with a physical therapist. Local heat can also ease pain, use of various arthritis medications can also help as long as there are no medical reasons not to use them. Your doctor would help with that. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen hands and painful joints in a.M? Xrays, blood test, and rheumatologist say no arthritis. Could it be heart? No heart symptoms

What could cause swollen hands and painful joints in a.M? Xrays, blood test, and rheumatologist say no arthritis. Could it be heart? No heart symptoms

Unlikely: Is this issue only present in the morning and how long does it last until your hands are back to normal? Did the rheumatologist see the hands when they were swollen? Does it occur every day or only infrequently? Answer these questions first. ...Read more

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What are the tests for painful joints?

What are the tests for painful joints?

Varies: X-rays are baseline, sed rate, rheumatoid factor, ANA level, lyme titer, CBC are usually performed. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for painful joints?

Depends on cause.: Joint pains is so complex, that there is a specialty of internal medicine devoted to it: rheumatology. When I spent a year at johns hopkins hospitals during training, I didn't realize I would be studying well over a hundred diseases entities. Joint pains that go on for months, esp. When they are inflammed (hot, red, swollen, painful), then c ur pcp. Joint aches (arthralgia)--try an otc first. ...Read more

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What are the tests for painful joints?

Varies: X-rays are baseline, sed rate, rheumatoid factor, ANA level, lyme titer, CBC are usually performed. ...Read more

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I am experiecing painful joints. What do I do?

I am experiecing painful joints. What do I do?

See your PCP: See your primary care doctor for evaluation. You need to know what is causing your joints to hurt so you can get the correct treatment. There are hundreds of reasons for joints to hurt with very different treatments depending on the cause. ...Read more

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What should I do if I am experiecing painful joints?

See a doctor: I would suggest that you see your doctor who can take your history of this problem and perform a physical examination. This needs to be done before any type of treatment is done. ...Read more

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Have really painful joints with the cold. Any concern?

Have really painful joints with the cold. Any concern?

Osteoarthritis: In the absence of any injury osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis are most common causes. In addition raynaud's phenomenon is a possibility if just the tips of the fingers are involved. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Painful joints?

See below: That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for a more specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are there ways to help ease the symptoms of painful joints?

See below: The best ways to ease the painful joints in my opinion are to try to get them moving again. For someone with a lot of pain and restricted motion, this might involve working first in a heated pool with a physical therapist. Local heat can also ease pain, use of various arthritis medications can also help as long as there are no medical reasons not to use them. Your doctor would help with that. ...Read more

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If I have noisy, painful joints, what can I do to loosen them up?

If I have noisy, painful joints, what can I do to loosen them up?

See a doctor: Without seeing you personally, it would not be safe to give you this type of advice. See a doctor who works with muscle and joint problems who will diagnose the problem and prescribe a course of treatment to you. ...Read more

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Can there be anything that could cause painful joints on just one side of the body?

Can there be anything that could cause painful joints on just one side of the body?

Not specifically: But it could be that what ever type of joint problem you are dealing with is just showing up on one side at this time
if this is causing sig problems it would be wise to see a doctor about this. ...Read more

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I'm only 20, however I've been experiencing stiff and painful joints, what could be the cause?

Mutiple causes: Joint inflammation (arthritis) is one cause of painful and stiff joints, but not the only cause. Without other clinical information it would be difficult to give a more specific answer. If these symptoms have been present for more than 6 to 8 weeks you should probably be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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I am having trouble getting up in the morning. My body just doesn't want to move. Very painful joints. Seems like all of them. What could it be?

I am having trouble getting up in the morning. My body just doesn't want to move. Very painful joints. Seems like all of them. What could it be?

Very non-specific: Your symptoms are very non-specific. They could be from overall fatigue, a systemic illness, an arthritic condition, or something not physical. If they persist, you should probably see a doctor, be examined, have bloodwork, etc. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen and painful joints?

Many causes: If you have swollen painful joints you should be evaluated by a rheumatologist. There are many different causes including infectious forms of arthritis, for example lyme disease or parvo. There are also many forms of inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid and psoriatic. Its important to not delay in getting the correct diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Are painful joints symptoms for a disease or condition?

Are painful joints symptoms for a disease or condition?

They could for both: A painful joints could be a sign of a disease or condition. Like having pain in the joints with flu, or psoriasis or you could have infection in the joint it self. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of stiff, painful joints in a man?

What are possible causes of stiff, painful joints in a man?

Numerous: The most common cause is osteoarthrosis, but there are many possible causes including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, deconditioning, tendonitis, etc. See your primary care doctor to start an evaluation for the possible causes. ...Read more

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Painful joints, stiffness, mostly in am and at bedtime! Please help me somebody.?

Painful joints, stiffness, mostly in am and at bedtime! Please help me somebody.?

Antii-nflammatory Rx: If you have tried the simple remedies of anti-inflamatories such as ibuprophen or aleve, (naproxen) you need to have a medical checkup to rule out more serious causes like rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune diseases. If you have associated fever you could have an infectious process such as lymes disease. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for painful joints?

Depends on cause.: Joint pains is so complex, that there is a specialty of internal medicine devoted to it: rheumatology. When I spent a year at johns hopkins hospitals during training, I didn't realize I would be studying well over a hundred diseases entities. Joint pains that go on for months, esp. When they are inflammed (hot, red, swollen, painful), then c ur pcp. Joint aches (arthralgia)--try an otc first. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have JIA as an adult with normal blood work and painful joints?

Is it possible to have JIA as an adult with normal blood work and painful joints?

JIA as an adult: JIA is defined as having arthritis starting before the age of 16 years. If you have JIA, the arthritis can either continue into adulthood or go into remission. The typical course of rheumatoid arthritis in an adult is to have ongoing arthritis. Arthritis typically causes joints that are painful, swollen, and stiff. Painful joints without swelling and stiffness may be from another cause. ...Read more

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I have a headache, painful joints and am feeling cold on a hot sunny day. What is wrong with me?

See below: It could be something as simple as dehydration, but you would want see you doctor for evaluation who will perform an evaluation. You may need to see a rheumatologist as well if you exam is suggestive of lupus for example. ...Read more

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What pills or over-the-counter supplements help repair worn and painful joints?

What pills or over-the-counter supplements help repair worn and painful joints?

Glucosamine chondroi: Some have offered glucosamine and chondroitin as possible therapies. Studies at the nih did not confirm this efficacy. Nonetheless I have patients who feel this helps. Some suggest that one should take glucosamine in the morning and chondroitin separately in the evening. There are a variety of brands over-the-counter, or over the internet. The problem is to confirm what is really inside the capsul. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more