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Is 26 Too Young For Arthritis??? (Page 1)

Hi all,

My name is Jo and I am 26 years old. For the past 20 years or so I have had severe aching in my knees when I try to go to sleep, exercise for a long period of time, stand for a long period of time or when it rains. It has progressively gotten worse over the years and for the past 2 years or so I have needed to take a basic pain killer before I go to bed to help me sleep. There is normally a small amount of swelling, but it is not too noticeable. I am concerned about continually taking pain killers and would love to be able to go to sleep without taking them.

I have visited many doctors about this from an early age. I was tested for leukemia when I was 7, but most doctors diagnosed it as growing pains and told my parents I would grow out of it. But, as stated above, it has only progressed. Lately, the doctors that I have visited have all said that, although it sounds like arthritis, I am too young to have this condition. Due to the lack of help from the doctors that I have seen, I thought I would try online. Can anybody offer a medical or personal comment on my symptoms and age? I would be very grateful!
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replied December 28th, 2007
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It could be arthritis. 26 years old is NOT too young, even children get diagnosed with junior rheumatoid arthritis.
I would go to a doctor that specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of arthritis.
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replied January 6th, 2008
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i was diagnosed with "growing pains" when i was 16 years old....im now 27, and although it does not bother me as much now, i still get pains in my knees every now and then....especially when it gets too cold, or the weather changes quickly.

i really dont think 26 is too young to get arthritis....hell, i have tendonitis in my right wrist and index finger....anything's possible.

i agree with Marianne0558....go see a doctor that specializes in arthritis and see what he/she says.....best of luck to you.
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replied January 18th, 2008
there's no question that 26 is not too young for arthritis. i highly recommend going to see a rheumatologist and make sure he gets as much of a history of your situation as you can give him.
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replied January 24th, 2008
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Kryssja...have you ever been tested for Osgood Schlatter's? In rare cases it can leave you with problems with your joints...

lukeandjo123 ... I have had Chondromalatial Osteo-Arthritis since I was 21...due to patella-alta, due to Osgood Schlatters...
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replied August 25th, 2008
No I am 20 and I have arthritis and have had it for a few years now
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replied October 10th, 2008
I hope so
I really hope that 26 is to young to have arthritis cause im 25 and i got a phone call about 2 hours ago telling me i have arthritis in my back. I am not sure what to do can i stop it from getting worse? can i make the pain better? I have 2 small children and just giving baths at night time is hard how much worse is this going to get? I have a follow up appointment in 2 weeks so until then i get to sit here going crazy sounds like fun huh?
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replied October 19th, 2008
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There are different types of arthritis, so the classic "osteoarthritis" might not be what you have. By the way, there is no such thing as "growing pains."

I suggest visiting a rheumatologist to get some bloodwork and aspirates done.
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replied January 28th, 2009
You can get Arthritis at any age. I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis when i was 22 and I'm now 26. It sucks, but once you know you have it you can work at taking care of yourself and getting treatment for it.
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replied January 29th, 2009
they were asking the same thing about me, i was diagnosed when i was 10, im 22 now.. its obviously not too early..

im personally not sure if u have arthritis, cos it doesn't evolve as slowly as it seems to in your case, but im not a specialist. you should definetly see a specialist.
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replied May 29th, 2009
i was diagnosised with arthritis when i was 15 and that was due to perthes disease which was diagnoisied when i was 3. i am 19 and since last year i have really struggled with my hip and knee.
i was just thinking that maybe it's not yr knees
most pain is refered pain
when i first had problems it was my lower legs and knees luckly they x rayed my hips and wala i was diagnosised
also it could just be a weakened muscle where physio would be helpful
i currently can't take no painkillers and have tryed everything the best thing is heat it has really helped me and now undergoing steroid injections into my hip joint
one more thing painkillers are good if going sleep because you rest your knees but do not take painkillers while running or anything strenuous.(you always need to be aware of your limits) don't rely on them because your can make your problem worse.( i no what your thinking how can you say that. but i've had 17 years of wincing and sleepless nights but you don't want to make it worse) and swimming and light exercise is great because it keeps the joint mobile as u no stiffness in joints can just be worse
anyway if you strongly believe you have this. then question your doctors i find because we are young we can sometimes not be taken as serious as other people but get this cheaked out and find a physiotheropist
but im no doctor this is just what i've found helps me

jayne carney (19) good luck
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replied October 10th, 2009
hi i got diagnosed with perthes disease at 10 i had pins and plates put in my hip im now 24 and suffer from bad rhumatoid arthritus im my legs im on 4 differant painkillers and a sleeping tablet at night iam in constant aggony with my legs and looks like its just going to get worse as i get older!!
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replied October 20th, 2009
I got rid of arthritis joint pains!

I had joint pains so bad in middle school that I couldn't stand on one of my ankles some mornings.

I had to quit the wrestling and couldn't play football.

I tried physical therapy, but didn't seem to help.

By the age of 19 I was on Vioxx for rheumatoid arthritis.

Then after 2 days of drinking half of my body weight in ounces of structured water a day, I had no more joint pains!

I believe joint pains come from not drinking half your bodyweight in ounces of structured water a day, because when I did, my joints stopped hurting.

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replied March 4th, 2010
i am 27 i have had arthritus in my hip sense i was 13 years old the doc wanted me to go for a hip replacment
but i said no i like boxing and running but the pain is bad p.s what is steriod injection and how would i get it.
reply back pls
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replied December 16th, 2011
I'm 26 now. I've recently been diagnosed with hip atheritis. So yes its definitely not too young. I had since I was about 6 but the doctors couldn't figure it out. They thought it was TB at first because that's what my dad had in his spine but now the orthopaedics have learnt that I had something called perthes disease when I was about 5 and that's lead to osteoatheritis. All your symptoms are familiar but its on my hip not knees. Go see orthopaedics.
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replied December 16th, 2011
Ps.. since there's no cure for atheritis and we have it at a very early age. Yes it will only get worse over the years. my doc believes I will be incapable of walking by the time I'm 50 if I don't get a hip replacement by 35. I've lived by the pain all my life and its unbearable. I can't scream or cry but when the pain strikes it hurts that bad that I want to. I dont take painkillers, I walk a lot everyday and stopped driving that's my cure. Also weight control is obviously very important, the more you weigh the more the pains will occur its that simple. Excercise is the only cure. Pushing yourself past the limit but logically it will take years.
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replied April 18th, 2012
Hi xxzam:

Sorry to hear your troubles. I had SCFE (slipped capital femoral epiphysis) at age 13, and my hips have bothered me ever since. I am now 37, and I have osteoarthritis in both hips. My hips are a little stiff and I have never had normal hip joint motion. I would like to know how you have dealt with your hip pain/problems so far in life? Has it affected your lifestyle in any way? I'm just curious because my hips have always made me a little self-conscious and timid when it came to certain things. Although I walk pretty normally, I feel a little cumbersome and clumsy with my movements. I am a very active guy, and I generally work out about 5-6 times a week, doing cardio, weight-training, etc. I've tried doing a lot of hip stretches, but those seem to just aggravate my hip further.

And because my hip range of motion is not normal, certain movements and positions are almost impossible. I get a little self-conscious in the romance department as well, as certain sexual positions are difficult.

I'd love to hear more how you have navigated your life with your hip problem.

Thank you,

Jason
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replied April 26th, 2012
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I had SCFE when I was 11. I recently started having pretty intense hip pain. My hips hurt occasionally since the SCFE corrective surgery but it was nothing that interfered with my life, just some occasional aching. I've been active in sports most of my teens and early 20's. I had a child one year ago and started running again a couple of months ago. Of course, many of my muscles were sore for a few days after I started running again. The pain in my right hip was much more severe that I've ever experienced. I think the pain is coming from the top of my hip, I almost thought it was kidney pain. I can't be sure the pain isn't being referred from somewhere else in my hip. I stopped running and waited for the pain to go away before giving it another go. The pain mostly went away, but my hip still hurt after I had been sitting still for a while. I tried running again and the hip pain came back with intensity and it's not subsiding. I think some painkillers would help but I would like to avoid taking them every day. It hurts and makes me not want to move. I thought I was too young for arthritis but I do remember reading that people who had SCFE are more likely to develop hip arthritis, and at a younger age. Ugh, I'm hoping this isn't arthritis!
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replied May 11th, 2012
I have Rheumatoid arthritis, I am 32 and have done extensive research into finding out what was causing it and what can relieve it, besides drugs. I have found a SUCCESSFUL answer in what I eat, plain and simple. Many foods cause flare ups in inflammation and pain. Look up arthritic diet or The Mcdougall diet for arthritis online and you'll get a better idea of what I'm talking about. Basically its all about cutting out the processed foods and eating carefully chosen whole foods. But be careful, some veggies can severely affect the symptoms such as nightshade plants like tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant. That's why I suggest doing some research of your own or seeing a naturopathic physician. Conventional drug treatment is just a band-aid for the problem and ends up doing more damage in my opinion. The answer is easy, and that's what the doctors and big drug companies don't want you to know, is that your problem can be fixed by simply changing your diet. Best wishes to you.
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replied August 8th, 2012
I was 13 when I was diagnosed
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replied August 11th, 2012
I was 22 when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. As mentioned above in one of the post I too had the "growing pains" when I was 8-11 yrs of age but I was alright after that. Then again when I was 22 the pain came back again and I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis. I had medicines for 4 years but now I am off them and I am keeping ok now for the past 1 year
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replied October 30th, 2013
Early Arthritis
I was 24 when I found out I had visits from ole "Arthr." It seems to be a growing trend among college students who take a lot of classes that involves typing on a computer. Bad hand posture causes weak joints--fast.
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