i have recently been told that i may have reactive arthritus. I did have one episode of diorreahh three weeks ago for one day only, fully recovering the following day. two weeks later i started having stiffness in my joints, mainly my right elbow, acheing in my right eye, right little finger, ankle, but, stabbing pain in left hip/groin which has slowly improved but is still active. Sometimes this pain prevents me from walking properly. i am really frightened i have something terrible going on, as i also have a health anxiety, even though my symptoms are very real. My doctor has asked me to return in four days time to follow up on how things are going, rather than writing me off with arthritus. i am 41.
Reactive arthritis is an autoimmune condition and it can take 1 to 3 weeks for the symptoms to appear.It can be rules out by means of mainly physical examination and corelating the symptoms.It is usually caused by any infection so main treatment is resolving it.Do not take stress for it.The symptoms can be well controlled by medications.Your treating doctor is going in the right way.Kindly follow the instructions as observation is very important in this.
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