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I am 28, and...

I am 28, and had a sudden onset of pain and selling in my joints. Starting in my wrists then hands, then feet/ankles, knees, elbows. I was fine one day and not the next. And all of this has come on within the last three or so weeks. What could this be?

Doctor's Assistant: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?

Yes, my hands have been swollen the whole time. My feet, ankles and wrists are swollen too.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Kidney issues, chronic non-aura migraines, poor circulation, and fast heart rate.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 4 months ago
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Hello and thank you for the question.
I am Dr. Sohaib, a practicing Internal Medicine Consultant with over 13 years of experience and I will do my best to help you today.
Let me review your question for a minute and I will get back to you.

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Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 4 months ago

You are having polyarthritis, and the most common cause for this is viral infections, and this may persist for up to 4 and at times up to 6 weeks.

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Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 4 months ago

The next common cause for this is Connective tissue disorders like SLE or Rheumatoid arthritis.

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Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 4 months ago

I will suggest you to have this examined clinically by your doctor, and have some basic labs done including CBC/ESR/CRP and ANA/RA factor to make sure a significant pathology like RA/SLE is not missed.

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Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 4 months ago

Meanwhile you can use Motrin or Aleve for pain control with Tylenol added if the pain is severe.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Are those common for someone my age?
Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 4 months ago

Yes, this is common at your age.

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Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 4 months ago

And viral polyarthritis can occur at any age.

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