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Can arthritis cause leg pains and other symptoms?

My 18 year old has a history of excess fluid in her joints, circulation problems(diagnosed with acrosynosis around age 1, cannot adjust to temp changes) , and moderate to severe leg pains. We have been told they are growing pains but she still has them and she has stopped goriwng. A bone specialist told us when she was in fifth grade her growth plates were closing prematurely. She experiences severe pains in her hips and legs. She also has problems with her shoulders. We have tried physical therapy for the shoulders and her feet with no success. She now has lost some of the movement in her ankle. We are looking for help. She has also had colon polyps when she was five, some bone deformities, tubes in her ears and a patch, tonsils and adnoids taken out. I cannot help but feel all of her symptons could be related. She hurts daily and feels that her future is somewhat bleak. The bone doctor seemed to feel she needed to learn to live with the pain. She needs help and I have tried everyone I can think to try. Do you have any suggestions?
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replied October 9th, 2011
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peristyle,

I'm not sure what you mean by a bone specialist. If you are seeing an orthopedic surgeon, you might want to see a rheumatologist instead. The rheumatologist specializes in disorders of the musculoskeletal system caused by systemic, inflammatory, or immunological problems. Orthopedic surgeons tend to tell with the disorders from trauma, degenerative, or congenital sources.

Also, some developmental pediatricians are good at picking out the different syndromes which have multiple systems involvement. Also, a geneticist can look to see if the problem is one that is inherited or runs in the family.

So, if you are not getting answers from your current physician, see someone else.

Good luck.
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peristyle,

I'm not sure what you mean by a bone specialist. If you are seeing an orthopedic surgeon, you might want to see a rheumatologist instead. The rheumatologist specializes in disorders of the musculoskeletal system caused by systemic, inflammatory, or immunological problems. Orthopedic surgeons tend to tell with the disorders from trauma, degenerative, or congenital sources.

Also, some developmental pediatricians are good at picking out the different syndromes which have multiple systems involvement. Also, a geneticist can look to see if the problem is one that is inherited or runs in the family.

So, if you are not getting answers from your current physician, see someone else.

Good luck.
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