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Doctor insights on: Edema Ankles Joint Pain Elevated Sed Rate

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Dr. James Chapman
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Can untreated hypothyroidism cause excruciating joint pain, especially in the ankles. Can it cause sed rate and CRP to be high.

Can untreated hypothyroidism cause excruciating joint pain, especially in the ankles. Can it cause sed rate and CRP to be high.

No: It will not elevate the sed rate and crp. The joint pain of severe hypothyroidism is low grade and not excruciating. There is another cause and it isn't thyroid. See a rheumatologist. The one exception is an increased risk of pseudogout which can cause major pain but is unlikely to involve the ankles. ...Read more

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Joint pain in knees,left ankle & left elbow. I'm 32 & my c-reactive was 1.4, RA factor <10, uric acid 4.7, sed rate 6, pos ANA 1:40 homogeneous. Clue?

Joint pain in knees,left ankle & left elbow. I'm 32 & my c-reactive was 1.4, RA factor <10, uric acid 4.7, sed rate 6, pos ANA 1:40 homogeneous. Clue?

Pain : It may be minor inflammation of the jts. Which does not produce positive blood tests. I would try an anti-inflammatory, Aleeve 400mg daily with food for 10 days. If this does not help I would see your physician again ...Read more

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I am 49 and found out my sed rate is 39. I have joint pain and swelling. I also have small fiber neuropathy. Is this something to worry about?

I am 49 and found out my sed rate is 39. I have joint pain and swelling. I also have small fiber neuropathy. Is this something to worry about?

See a Doctor: Joint pain and swelling is something that you should check with your doctor esp when the ESR is elevated as well. There are many details I do not know here -- which joint is one example... See your doctor or a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Ra for 13yr controlled w/methotrexate 25mg weekly since may 2005. Diffuse joint pain since aug., sed rate/crp normal, no swelling, ruled out neuropat

Ra for 13yr controlled w/methotrexate 25mg weekly since may 2005.  Diffuse joint pain since aug., sed rate/crp normal, no swelling, ruled out neuropat

Not clear yet.: A complete history and physical examination are appropriate for all patients presenting with polyarticular joint pain since this symptom may be the initial manifestation of a systemic illness. ...Read more

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Why do I feel joint pain if my sed rate is normal?

Why do I feel joint pain if my sed rate is normal?

It is not specific: The erythrocyte sedimentation is a measure inflammation that is not specific to joint pain, so it is possible to have a normal "sed rate" and still have joint pain. Secondly, the sed rate is not the most sensitive measure of inflammation. The c-reactive protein is a measure that responds more readily to the presence and absence of inflammation for any reason. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...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