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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Roaming Joint Pain With No Other Symptoms

05/28/2008

Question:

Hi, I am a 59 year old caucasian female. For years I`ve had what I used to call Charley horses in my joints--but only one joint at a time. It used to feel like it was about to "go out" on me, or it felt something like a sprain. I had NO other symptoms. The joint would feel that way for only a short time--a few minutes to a few days, then it would disappear. Months might go by before I felt it in another joint. It was never the same joint in succession.

Then a few years, ago the pain came in one of my elbows, and was more painful than usual, weakening my grip. This time it was also painful to the touch if I felt in the right place. It lasted so long, several months, that I thought maybe I was losing the use of the arm permanently. Then suddenly it disappeared and again I had no problems for a long time. Sometimes it would be a knee, then an ankle, then the other elbow, a hip, etc. Always with NO other symptoms.

About a month ago, the pain began again, but in the other elbow, in the same way as last time. I`ve looked it up on the internet, but roaming pain seems to usually be associated with fever or other symptoms, and I have no symptoms. It also does not seem to be connected with what I am eating, though I haven`t made an actual study of it.

I`ve not seen a doctor about it yet because the cost is so high and with the intermittent nature of the pain, and that if it is arthritis there is no cure anyway, I felt not much would be accomplished. However I am open to seeing a doctor if you think it would be useful to do so. I`m looking forward to your reply as to some possibilities of what it might be. Thank you.

Answer:

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