Reviewing the Symptoms of Arthritis



Since mid-August this year, I have been complaining of pain from my thighs to my legs. Specially after sitting long in front of my PC, it will be painful even for just getting up.

On worst days, my knees would buckle, i drop vertically like a log.

I’ve been to the doctor twice already and I’ve been given a prescription of vitamin B-complex and diclofenac.

However, on the second consultation additional prescriptions were given to me: pentoxifylline and regular massage.

After ruling out diabetes and hypokalemia, that is.

My condition improved with vitamin B complex-diclofenac-pentoxifylline combo. However, I experienced having fast heartbeat — which is actually one side effect of pentoxifylline.

My legs are yet to be x-rayed nor my bones scanned, but I am really suspecting that I have some form of arthritis — my knees and ankles are a bit swollen.

After 20 days of the drug combo regimen i mentioned above, I stopped taking the medication altogether for a few days. The symptoms earlier experienced went back. I am to be dependent on these drugs, like forever?

Let me review the symptoms of arthritis…

According to Mayo Clinic:

Signs and symptoms of thumb arthritis of basal joint arthritis

  • Pain at the base of thumb
  • Swelling, stiffness and tenderness at the base of the thumb
  • Decreased strength when pinching or grasping objects
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Enlarged, bony or out-of-joint appearance of the joint at the base of the thumb
  • General discomfort or achiness after continued use
  • A sense of instability

Sign and symptoms of gouty arthritis

  • intense joint pain
  • inflammation and redness of joint

Sign and symptoms of infectious arthritis or septic arthritis

  • Fever
  • Shaking chills
  • Severe pain in the affected joint, especially when you move that joint
  • Swelling of the affected joint
  • Warmth in the area of the affected joint

Signs and symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

  • Joint swelling, with pain and stiffness — this may be more pronounced in the morning or after a nap. Commonly it affects the knees and the joints in the hands and feet. Children may complain of pain, or you might notice them limping.
  • Fever and rash — these can be associated with many medical conditions, but if they’re persistent, they may signal systemic JRA. Fever and rash caused by systemic JRA may appear and disappear quickly.
  • Swelling of lymph nodes — this sign may occur in children with systemic JRA.
  • Eye inflammation — this problem, which occurs mostly in children with pauciarticular JRA, initially produces no signs or symptoms in most of those affected. Routine eye examinations are recommended because eye inflammation may result in blindness.

Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis

  • Pain in a joint during or after use, or after a period of inactivity
  • Tenderness in the joint when you apply light pressure
  • Stiffness in a joint, that may be most noticeable when you wake up in the morning or after a period of inactivity
  • Loss of flexibility may make it difficult to use the joint
  • Grating sensation when you use the joint
  • Bone spurs, which appear as hard lumps, may form around the affected joint
  • Swelling in some cases

Signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis

  • Pain in affected joints
  • Swollen joints
  • Joints that are warm to the touch

Signs and symptoms of reactive arthritis

  • Arthritis, usually in your ankles, knees, feet and hips
  • Inflammation of your urogenital tract (urethritis), which increases your need to urinate (urinary frequency) and causes burning during urination or a discharge (abnormal secretions) from the penis in men
  • Eye inflammation (conjunctivitis)
  • Inflammation of your inner eye (uveitis)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Skin rashes
  • Inflammation of your tendons (tendinitis) and tendon sheaths (tenosynovitis), inflammation at the point where your tendons and bones connect (enthesitis) that can result in bony growths, such as heel spurs
  • Lower back and buttock pain
  • Inflammation of the vertebrae (spondylitis)
  • Inflammation of the joints that connect your spine to your pelvis (sacroiliitis)
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis)
  • Inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis)

Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Joints that are tender to the touch
  • Red and puffy hands
  • Firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms (rheumatoid nodules)
  • Fatigue
  • Morning stiffness that lasts at least 30 minutes
  • Fever
  • Weight loss

I’ve lost a lot of weight since pain and stiffness of legs and feet started. But I do not have fever (thank God!), but this is most often triggered by inactivity.

Oh my God! It’s osteoarthritis. 🙁

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  1. hart: sometimes it is. 🙁

  2. It almost sounds like the side effects can be worse than the cure sometimes.

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