I have had slight pain in one of my knees for a few weeks (only really as I sat down). In the pain two days the pain has gotten much worse, is all the time and is now in both knees, both elbows, my wrist and fingers. Today I was told that it might be arthritis. I was wondering if that's likely as its came on so suddenly. I also read that fungus infections can bring it on and as I have one was wondering if that's a likely cause? I would appreciate help with this. I'm feeling pretty down about this tbh, I'm only 23 and that seems very young (to me) to be diagnosed with something that will only get worse with time. I have made a doctors appointment but thought I would ask anyway.
Arthritis of the major joints of the body within a few days time in young adults is usually associated with inflammatory conditions or infections. Some important conditions include viral or bacterial infections induces sepsis, rheumatic fever, vasculitis and other rheumatological conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, etc).
Other conditions like psoriasis, infective arthritis, gout, inflammatory âconditions of the âsoft tissues (Synovitis, Flexor tendinitis, etc) can also be the cause of your symptoms.â
For the time being, you can find relief by taking anti inflammatory medications like Advil, motrin, etc, ââwhich will reduce the swelling and the pain. â
Other measures that may help include â
â1. Alternate hot and warm compresses. â
â2. You can soak your hands in warm water and salt for about 15 to 20 minutes. You will have to repeat ââthis at least 2 to 3 times a day for best results. â
But for proper diagnosis and definitive treatment of the condition, you might consult with your doctor ââfor a complete physical examination and investigations including Xrays and blood tests (RF, CRP, anti ââCCP antibody, etc). Treatment will be based on the specific cause.â
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