I have hypermobile joints (elhers danlos III) but I don't know if this is related in anyway to the problem I am experiencing. Over the past couple of weeks several of my joints have been sticking. That is the best way I can describe it. I take Mobic for the last month or so replacing ibuprophen. I thought maybe there is some sort of vitamin or mineral deficiency that may be causing it or something else. If you could maybe answer the question in a very elementary way. The joints that are bothering me are specifically my thumb, knee and hip. Mostly my thumb. It will not move without be manually clicked straight. What makes this happen.
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 45
Greetings.Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type III can cause age related arthritis (this is called as degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis). This can cause sticking of the joints or joint stiffness. The thumb issue you are experiencing is called as trigger thumb. This occurs due to degeneration of the tendon of the thumb and prevents its smooth movement in its covering (sheath). It develops more frequently in individuals with diabetes, thyroid disorders and in patients with osteoarthritis. This may also be associated with inflammatory arthritis, gout, or chronic infection. Treatment entails;
1) oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,
2) steroid injection, and
3) splint that prevents motion of the joints of the thumb.
If these are not effective surgery may be needed.
Please feel free for your follow up questions.
I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.
MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine