My name is Daniel, and I am 33 years old, I am really glad to have found this community.
My doctor suspects I have OA but the hurting is quickly spreading in other joints of the body.
Would really appreciate any thoughts.I have written my condition down here in case someone wants the details. Sorry for the lengthy post but I really needed to get as clear as possible.
I have been developoing pain in different joints since May 2015.
May 2017 : I start feeling some disconfort in the right knee and a few weeks later my left ankle starts
hurting and swelling. I went to see a rheumatism specialist, and he took some blood tests and Xray for
knee and ankle joints. They didn't see anything leading to RA and they thought it might be OA.
They prescribed some Glucosamine and pain killers but the swelling and hurting didn't really go away.After some
time though, the knee kind of calmed down but it dit hurt occasionaly.
I have been living with that basically for the last two years. Taking some Glucosamine + pain killers when
it hurts so much and trying to go easy on my joints.
Then the doctor suggested that I do a steroid injection on my ankle and it really did help a bit, the hurting went
down remarkably but the swelling stayed there.
Fast forward June 2017
I lifted a heavy box and next two days I feel my right hand wrist hurt, and it was swollen. It was a hand version of
my pain in the left ankle. Then towards August 2017, I start getting this itching feeling in both knees and they started
cracking so much when I make some movements.
I went back to see the doctor who prescribed more blood test. This time two things came out of normal range
CRP came out 5.4 out of a normal range of [0~3.0] and
a possible presence of HLA-B27. B27 of 39% and B7 of 45%.
The doctor still thought these are not indicative of any other disease and kept on insisting it was OA. I am starting
to suspect this is something more general as these days I also have some aches sometimes in the elbows and shoulders.
This is really starting to freak me out mainly because I still am not sure what it is I am dealing with .
Is there some kind of test that confirms it is OA ? As my doctor is just guessing based on my symptoms
Any of you have experienced the same things as I am experiencing ? I would really appreciate if you shared your experiences
and how you deal with this?
Thank you for your time.