Is this arthritis?

Anneb88 Member Posts: 2
edited 4. Mar 2019, 05:29 in Chat to our Helpline Team
I have had no diagnosis from a doctor yet but I'm going to go back again because I keep getting sharp pains in the tops of forearms and hands.
About 2 years ago I had an xray that showed I have tilted wrist bones (both of them).
I was given splints to wear and take ibuprofen but now it's not working anymore.
I keep getting these sharp pains and sometimes tingles. Sometimes it's worse if I fold my arms or even making a sandwhich. I use to have very bad pain in my knees too. My hands also feel swollen in the morning too.

Do you know if it could be arthritis?


  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 3,635
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Anneb88,

    Welcome to the forum, I’m not a member of the Helplines team however, as they don’t work weekends, please allow me to welcome you here.

    It must be worrying having pains getting worse over time and finding your previous treatments aren’t working as well as previously.

    It sounds like you need a trip to your GP to ask for a referral to the specialist you saw 2 years ago to review your diagnosis and treatment. Hopefully you can check on pain relief to tide you over until the appointment too.

    Even if the diagnosis isn’t any form of arthritis our website can offer ideas to cope with any difficulties with everyday life you may have and some of the treatments may also bring some relief of pain, like using heat or cold to relieve pain or reduce swelling.

    Here’s a link to our section on managing your symptoms

    Looking forward to hearing how you get on,

    Take care

    Yvonne x
  • helpline_team
    helpline_team Posts: 3,428
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Dear Anneb88

    Thank you for your posting on the forum. I am sorry to hear that you are in so much pain and discomfort. Yvonne’s response has much of what we would suggest. Getting an appointment with your GP so that you can talk to them about your current symptoms and about how the splints and ibuprofen are not working. That way you can receive a diagnosis and look, with your GP at treatment and review of your pain relief.
    As Yvonne has suggested looking at our website to cope with day to day activities when you have arthritis may be helpful for you.
    If you would like to talk things through with one of our helpline team then we are here between 9am and 8pm weekdays on our freephone number on 0800 5200 520.
    I hope this is helpful.
    Best Wishes