Hello,
I have a 7 week old girl and 2 weeks ago I started to get a pain in my shoulders, now it is in a big numder of joints, foot, knee, hands, shoulders, fingers etc... it is like arthritis but we do not have it in the family and I do not have all sympthoms, hair loss, tiredness etc...

Have anyone heard of this that it comes postnatal and disspears after a while? Then how lonh? should I change my food in any direction????

Really relly looking for advice
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replied April 4th, 2008
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Congrats on the new baby!

I don't think you have arthritis...I mean I guess you could, but for the pain to come suddenly like this, it rather indicates that it is not arthritis. I think you have what most moms get: a general post-partum fatigue. Your joints are trying to go back to normal as your hormones are switching over to the non-pregnant hormones, and you won't be as flexible as you were during pregnancy. Plus there's the fact that you are holding the baby quite a bit and picking her up and putting her down is going to make everything ache, not matter how light she is.

As far as I know, arthritis does not cause hair loss or tiredness.

Warm baths while the baby is sleeping, plus a supplement of Calcium and Magnesium should help with your tired and aching joints and muscles.

I don't know what your diet is like, so I don't know what you would need to add or take away besides the supplements I mentioned above.
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replied April 7th, 2008
Thanks for your answer!!

I really hop it is not - but all sympthoms seems to be, but it behaves a bit strange to meet all the criteria for arthritis... I can have a horrible pain in my knees for a week of which I can hardly walk for two days and the other days I walk like a 90 years old Sad then one day after that I weak up with stiff arms and the knees are better and so it goes round.

Maybe it is post-partum fatigue and all the stress a delivery involves? When does the hormones in teh body setlle? 3 months after giving birth?

My diet is a mix of everything- low on fat otherwise quite a mix of everything. I do take supplements of Calcium and Omega and a multivitiamin
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replied April 7th, 2008
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Nileprincess wrote:

Maybe it is post-partum fatigue and all the stress a delivery involves? When does the hormones in teh body setlle? 3 months after giving birth?


Yes that sounds right! Just give yourself time, especially if your baby needs extra care. Your hormones will settle when they want...it's different for everyone lol, but three months is a good time to expect things to get back to more reasonable. When your cycles start back up is completely back to "normal". Just think about how much extra weight you carried around while you were pregnant and how much you had to do, plus what you have to do now: it's tough on your body.

I hope you feel better soon. If you still are afraid that it's arthritis, of course you can call your doctor. Smile
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replied April 8th, 2008
Thanks!!

Yes I have been to the doctor- and first he thought it was nothing. But the analysis showed that I do have an inflamation in my body so he want me to come back for more analysis. I am just afraid that he will say that I have arthritis - so I was looking if one could have "post natal arthritis" that has exacly the same sympthoms but dissapeard after the body goes back to normal.
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replied April 8th, 2008
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Yup, it probably is just water retention, which can hurt just as badly! You can be retaining more water, especially if you had your baby at the hospital and had IVs, which are salt based....and we all know lots of salt makes for lots of water retention!
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replied November 21st, 2011
Water retention? That's funny. I know this is an old post but for any other moms experiencing postpartum arthritic pain,, please see a rheumatologist. I had horrific pain in all joints except knees and elbows. I could barely function & the pain was especially horrible in the middle of the night (excruciating in my hips). I had post streptococcal reactive arthritis (PSRA) but it went undiagnosed for months. After 8 weeks of antibiotics, it practically disappeared.
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replied December 22nd, 2011
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Hello,
I am 27 yrs old. I delivered my baby 8 months ago. Since last 3-4 months I had pain in my legs, numbness in legs and sometimes I felt pain in my back and shoulders...I got my Xray and I came to know that I have Osteoarthritis. I am active in my routine activities. If anyone can suggest me what to do to prevent it from aggravating and also get it cured...any possibilities of getting it completely cured at all?
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replied October 28th, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
This could be immune mediated like rheumatoid arthritis or Reiter. You would need proper evaluation. I would suggest you to consult rheumatologist to evaluate you.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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