(Closed) I Think I Have Arthritis…and I'm 21

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I do. I just take some asprine and hope for the best. Sorry. 🙁

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@PacificMrs:  21 isnt that young to get arthritis! im also 21 and have had arthritis in my hands and hips since i was 14/15 years old. go to a doctor, he might have a pain med you could try?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ah yes.

I too, suffer from horrible knee pain. I’ve played sports all my life, and took a huge interest in exercising, etc. You hear all the time, “YOU MUST EXERCISE TO BE HEALTHY!” and all that jazz, but what they don’t tell you is that too much exercise hurts your body.

Both my knees gave out last year while walking down the stairs. I play collegiate sports, mind you, and it nearly ended my career. I’m in my last season, but it’s excruciating.

I was walking down the stairs at normal speed, and my right knee popped loudly and I just tumbled. I tore my quadriceps tendon in my right knee, tore my meniscus in both knees, and learned my kneecaps both were severely maltracking for many years—chondromalacia, the precursor to arthritis.

After surgery, intense physical therapy, etc., they told me that I have osteoarthritis in my knees from damage accumulated from sports. Sometime in my 30s, they suspect I will need at least one knee replacement. Surgery did not help my pain at all. I play my sport because it pays my college (I’m about to graduate in December, but I am eligible until March) and it’s excruciating.

Like you, I sleep in fetal position, and it will wake me up in the night and it’s locked. Braces do not work, pain killers do not work, they gave me shots in my knees and I screamed. Swimming helps because it is no impact exercising, but otherwise I am constantly hurting. I had to change my diet to help with inflammation, and my shoes.

Considering your extensive injuries so young, I would not be surprised if you have arthritis of some sort too, or at least chondromalcia. Arthritis is NOT caused by age…it’s caused by wear and tear—osteoarthritis, anyway. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. But anyway. I would schedule an MRI and an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and see what they say.

Physical therapy, surgery, medication, or a combination of all three might help you out.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think you should check in with a doctor, you can get some basic xrays to start and they can recommend pain control and exercises for you and maybe physical therapy or something! Starting this young you want to avoid narcotics becuase there are many side effects, but if you get in with a good primary or ortho/sports medicine person they should be able to help you manage your symptoms.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@memorialbride13:  The narcotics thing is an excellent point. I was put on a ton of narcotic medicine. Fortunately, they didn’t help with my pain. I say fortunately because when I was in physical therapy, I met a lot of people that were addicted to them because they were in such bad pain they couldn’t get through the day without narcotics. It’s a sad situation.

We take our bodies for granted until we live everyday in pain. I know I did. I regret not taking care of my knees everyday since I got hurt. We’re too young to be in this kind of pain. No one should hurt everyday. It’s unnatural.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Have you been tested for allergies? My brother began developing arthritis-like symptoms when he was like 12. At the same time, he went and had an allergy test and it turns out he’s allergic to gluten. Once he was off gluten, his arthritis symptoms disappeared forever. It’s been a few years now and he hasn’t had them since 6 weeks after changing his diet.

It sounded like a coincidence, but about a month ago, my mom got really sick and had all these tests done. Turns out, she too is gluten intolerant. She’d had bad arthritis in her fingers for YEARS, and already, after a month of no gluten, has full use and no soreness again.

I’m not saying that’s the only cause of early arthritis symptoms, but it certainly couldn’t hurt to look into it a little more.

http://myhealingkitchen.com/medical-conditions/arthritis/arthritis-make-it-worse/gluten-foods-can-make-arthritis-pain-flare/

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@PacificMrs:  Unfortunately nobody is ever too young to get arthritis – even children can get arthritis. 

I work closely with the Arthritis Foundation http://www.arthritis.org/ – since it is difficult for you to go to a doctor. You could call your clostest office and they may be able to give you refferal of someone you can speak to and describe your symptoms over the phone. Also they have online support groups, so you could post a question in a forum about your symptoms and see if anyone has any suggestions. While this information is all peer to peer, it can at least give you an idea of how to subside some the pain until you can make an appointment to see a doctor. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Naproxen sodium (aka Aleve) has worked wonders on my arthritic knees. I’m 26, but I’ve been having knee issues since I was in high school. Xrays showed tilted knee caps (that I do exercises for to keep in place), and MRI showed that I barely have any cartilage in the poor things, just fluid. So I definitely understand your pain!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

I have arthritis and now I am 47 years old. When did I start having pain? When I was 16! I was born with crooked pelvic bones, and that made me have joint pain really early. So my hips are now stable after I began a certain way of eating. I am vegan/gluten-free now. No meat, dairy, cheese. I am no longer on pain killers, (I used to take 4-5 (oxycodones and Tylenol 3’s with morphine) 4 times a day!!! In recent months sometimes I twist my hips a certain way and voila! Pain is an all day affair unless I can sleep it off…

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve never had an injury like you, but I definitely have knee (and back and ankle and sometimes hip) problems like you described. Have you tried yoga? It did wonders for my back when I was doing it regularly.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

It sounds like it could be arthritis in your knees. Is it just your knees or other joints? Do you have any other symptoms at all? 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@PacificMrs:  

 

My fiance is a doctor, I had a similar temporary problem and he said there is Rhematoid arthritis and degenerative arthritis, RA is the worse of the two, can’t be cured only treated….DA is the one you probably have which is inflammation usually caused by activity, I got DA temporarily by doing too much high impact step workouts and with icy hot and a knee brace the night pains went away but I had to CHANGE my lifestyle, I swim now and don’t do high impact workouts. You should go see your doctor and see what he says but try the icy hot and brace and stay off of it for awhile and see if it gets any better. I also take Glucoseamine pills which helps a lot. One thing my fiance said is that you should be careful taking too much advil or tylenol, can cause liver damage over time if you are taking these every single day. best of luck

 

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