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Ongoing joint pain - not rheumatoid athritis

I've had sciatica for several years since undergoing fertility treatment and gaining weight (5"2, 160lbs.) I usually have a bad episode once or twice monthly that can last from one to several days. For the past year I have also developed bad joint pains in various joints at different times and for no reason. It started in my right knee then moved to my left elbow etc. etc. The pain can be searing and dull and can last for weeks in one area. I have had tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis which came back clear. I take Cymbalta for possible fibromyalgia and depression and Levothyroxine daily for an underactive thyroid. I also take a high dose fish oil. I'm absolutely exhausted with all these aches and pains and my doctor believes me but doesn't know what to suggest. Please help!

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replied July 16th, 2009
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Could the joint pain be from the fibromyalgia? Have you seen a specialist about that? Like a neurologist or a rheumatologist?

Are you getting the right dose of thyroid hormone? Is your TSH in the 'normal range'? Under and over-active thyroid can cause a lot of symptoms, including fatigue and non-specific pain and ache. You may want to look into that. Just because your TSH is "normal" doesn't mean that's right for you. Some people also believe that the brand-name vs. generic does make a difference in the case of thyroid hormones (even though it doesn't in most drugs). They say that Synthroid is more consistent in the dosage than levothyroxine. But that's a personal choice.

You also may want to make sure you aren't taking too much fish oil. That can cause increased bleeding problems.
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replied July 16th, 2009
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Could the joint pain be from the fibromyalgia? Have you seen a specialist about that? Like a neurologist or a rheumatologist?

Are you getting the right dose of thyroid hormone? Is your TSH in the 'normal range'? Under and over-active thyroid can cause a lot of symptoms, including fatigue and non-specific pain and ache. You may want to look into that. Just because your TSH is "normal" doesn't mean that's right for you. Some people also believe that the brand-name vs. generic does make a difference in the case of thyroid hormones (even though it doesn't in most drugs). They say that Synthroid is more consistent in the dosage than levothyroxine. But that's a personal choice.

You also may want to make sure you aren't taking too much fish oil. That can cause increased bleeding problems.
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replied July 19th, 2009
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hey bobbys4mummy i have same symptoms as you and my thyroid fine and also proved negative for RA..Myrah U makes good point about the fybromalagia but anything ive read on it says its hard to be tested for.
ive suffered chronic pain for 3 yrs now through proapsed disc and couldn,t understand why even on morphine for pain i was still in agony.
im going to see my doctor next week and discuss the possibility with him further as all my joint aches in fingers, elbows knees, ankles and feet are signs as well as the fatigue and sleep disturbance..
I will keep the forum update after my visit and see if it may shed some light on this debilitating problem.
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replied July 19th, 2009
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You are right that fybromalagia is hard to test for. It's basically a diagnosis of exclusion and some doctors still think that it's a lazy diagnosis--not that it doesn't exist, but that it's poorly defined, even more poorly understood, and therefore, treatments are few and far between. A doctor can label someone with it and then say "well, not much we can do, try these pills."

As for your pain, Ioka, sometimes regular narcotics don't work well if it's nerve pain. Anti-seizure medications work better. Of course, I don't know if nerve pain is what you have, but if it is, that may be why even the morphine doesn't help. Just a thought.

Have you been to a neurologist?
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replied July 20th, 2009
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hi myrah u im seeing a spinal surgoen on 7th august for pending oomplete disc removal as have prolapsed twice within a year apart on same dis l5/s1. My nerves is compressed by swelling and not the disc thats why surgery was not acceptable the first time..im now 3 yrs down this painful road and they tell me i need disc removed.Ive been here before when told surgery was only option and refused so need to wait and see this my 4th spinal surgeon to see if it is closure and im longterm as predicted 28 months ago or if surgery shall take place.
ive seen neurologist and he told me morphine was my only choice at present and if that failed spinal injections.
my case been complicated for 3 yrs and thats how i found this forum and joined looking for answers and ended up advising..lol
this is an option i shall ask about with anti seizure when i see this mr singrad on 7th august. Personally i pray its surgery just to be pain free but then again i realise this is never 100% even after surgery.
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