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What kind of doctor should I see for joint pain?
I have been strange joint pain for the past year. It started at the base of my big toe, within a couple of months, my right elbow joint was hurting, then my left hip joint, now the joint in my left hand (at the baby finger) is killing me. I can't even pick anything up with that hand. My family doctor took an xray of my big toe and it showed bone erosion and a cyst, a hip xray came back normal. Haven't had the hand xray'd yet. She just keeps giving me pain pills and now Celebrex to take for the pain, but can't seem to figure out what's wrong. She did a test to check for rheumatoid arthritis which came back negative, but she said she has to re-do it b/c it doesn't always show up. At my last visit to her I asked her to test for uric (sp?) acid to check for gout. But am getting frustrated b/c I have to keep asking her to test for certain things that I find online. I really need to find an answer. I have two small children and am having a great deal of pain just walking, because of my toe and hip and now cannot lift anything with my left hand, and am even having a hard time changing a diaper. I just don't know where to turn. What kind of doctor would be able to figure out what's wrong with my joints? Thanks for helping!
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It's called old age.
A doctor. Joint pain isnt really a medical emergency, your regular doctor should be fine.
I'm a massage therapist and I had a client who was misdiagnosed with having a stroke. After trying for two year to help her out with massage and acupuncture she started to go numb and was still in chronic pain. So, I told her to go back to the doctor and insist on testing for something other than stroke and to not leave the office until she did other testing. We finally found out that she had MS! So, for over ten years she was misdiagnosed as having a stroke! You are exhibiting some of the same symptoms she had. Another thing to try is a raw diet just to rule out any possible gluten allergies and if it is gout than this will help to clean up you system. There are so many things that this could be so here is a list to look up: gluten allergies, preservative allergies, MS, cancer, stroke, gout, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and viruses associated with CFS.
Your doc is your first port of call if they think a specialist is needed or physiotherapy or an x-ray, etc They will refer you to the appropriate doctors but see your doctor first
Tina, non of the doctors out there can help with your situation. You will ended wasting your time and money to listen to the same talk and getting the same or stronger pain killer. Did your "Smart Doctor" did the uric acid test as instructed by you? What is the result? Well, most probably your uric acid level is beyond normal healthy range.When you mentioned it is started from the big toe, and it affected other joints later on, I immediately recognized that it is Gout. The erosion on your big toe is the result of those tiny needle like urate crystals that scratched on cartilage surfaces. And the cyst is the coagulated uric acid crystals known as tophus or tophi. I guess you are around the age of 30s and when you were young, you love high protein food and you don't drink a lot of water. Those are the things that cause the accumulation of acids in your body. None of those pain killers you take can reduce the amount of acid in your body. On the contrary, those chemicals will not weaken your kidneys and make your condition worse over the time. You need to change you diet to the more alkalizing foods. Drink more water and take some natural mineral supplements to help flush away those excessive acid in the body.
Hi, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 19 months ago. It started out with pain in both hands and wrists. Usually if it is rheumatoid it is on both sides. I see a rheumatologist. They will be able to do the proper testing to give you the correct diagnoses. Good luck.
Ask your doctor for a referral to a rheumatologist. They specialize in joint pain and inflammation....

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