Do i have rheumatoid arthritis? it doesn't seem right :(?
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Do i have rheumatoid arthritis? it doesn't seem right :(?im 14 and have had BAD foot pain for over a year now and have had problems from my feet since i was 9. no one ever gives me a straight out answer for what could be causing it, but the latest theory is rheumatoid arthritis and complex regional pain syndrome. the problem is, i don't have the blood markers for rheumatoid arthritis and the meds i'm on (and have been on for over 6 months) haven't done a thing. so that just doesn't seem right to mehere's a list of my symptoms:- i get a constant aching pain ALL through the day (not just the mornings or nights)- swelling in ALL foot joints (except toes)- lumps in between my 3rd and 4th metatarsals (shown up on mri's and cortisone kills em)- discoloration (aka random black and blue spots)- numbness- pins and needles- flat feet (but wear orthodics - which are a pain in the arse)and its not a break or anything like that because iv had bone scans, mri's, x-rays, and even a cat-scananyone have a clue what could be wrong? or what i could do? anythings appreciated, im running out of things to do about it
Most of your foot problems are a conequence of your flat feet. Email me,firstname.lastname@example.org, if you'd like help correcting them. Orthotics WILL NOT correct them, just make living with them a bit more bearable.
You are so young to be going through this, I am really sorry :'( I don't know if this is helpful, but my mom has unidentifiable arthritis that was originally diagnosed as sero-negative rheumatoid arthritis. All of her blood tests are negative (neg ANA, neg ESR, neg RF) and she did not respond to treatment. Over the course of two years she was put on IV medication... Humira, Enbrel, Methytrexate, and others and the arthritis progressed to a point where all of the joints in her fingers started fusing together and her hands and feet are becoming slightly deformed. She finally saw another doctor who changed her diagnosis to "erosive osteoarthritis." I did some research on it and found that it is more common in older women but it occasionally shows up in young women as well. Even in women your age. It is thought to be an autoimmune condition but markers haven't really been identified yet. I don't mean to scare you by telling you this, because what you have doesn't sound like what my mom has. But it is possible that you have an autoimmune arthritic condition that is only detectable by joint damage. I am also suffering from severe foot problems and widespread joint pain since having a baby. I saw a rheumy who said it is fibromyalgia from being hypothyroid (I have had thyroid problems since age 11). But now I have visible joint damage-- which doesn't sound like fibromyalgia to me!! Sometimes it is really hard to get an accurate diagnosis, I think. Maybe you should get a second opinion? Good luck.
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