Jump to content

Arthritis? Worried.


  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 treetree

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

So both my knees suddenly swelled up last night, and this morning were incredibly painful. Went to the doctor and he is concerned it may be arthritis. So I had a test, and have to wait a few days for results. I'm really worried! He didn't do the usual "Just to rule it out' type explanation, and he asked numerous times about family history of arthritis.

Anyone with any helpful information? Or just ways to try not to dwell on it over the next few days? I am having a lot of trouble walking, and every now and then one knee just gives out, and I've almost fallen a few times. If I go on the floor I can't get up again. Sitting hurts too. Basically lying still is the only thing I can do without pain or discomfort.  I have two babies to look after all day, a house to clean and the other four will be back from school soon. I'm just useless.  sad.gif

#2 Jenflea

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:27 PM

I don't know much about arthritis, even though Dad's had it my whole life, as far back as I can recall, but my old boss woke up one morning with a swollen knee. It turns out he had an infection in it, no idea how though. but after a course or 2 of AB's it went down and was ok again.
I wouldn't worry TOO much, but did he offer any form of pain relief, such as Nurofen or anything for the inflammation?


#3 Paddlepop

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:32 PM

Did you have a blood test for Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus? I replied to your thread yesterday about being unwell and having a messy house. You described that you were sick with swollen glands and a rash. Your symptoms, including the muscle pains and painful joints, all fit these 2 viruses. Links:
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/b...s_River_disease
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/b...ah_Forest_virus

My mum had had Barmah Forest and my brother has had Ross River. It sucked majorly for both of them.

Did your doctor order any x-rays of your knees? Otherwise, you need to rest them, ice them to reduce the swelling, elevate to drain the swelling, and possibly get a support or bandage to help reduce the pain in them and give yourself more stability.

Please go easy on yourself until you are feeling well again.

#4 IVL

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:59 PM

Many forms of inflamatory arthritis can cause more than just joint pain when the disease  active. The fatigue is one of the major symptoms, and its not just tired like you need more sleep, its like you have a really bad flu, you cannot get out of bed type tired. I have RA which came on suddenly after the birth of one of my children, one night I woke up and couldn't lift my 3 kg baby out of her cot, my arms were so painful and red hot swelling along most of the joints. I had not been ill previsouly.

It is goo your Dr has ordered blood tests. There are many effective treatment options available. In the meantime, alternate hot or cold packs and take anti-inflamatories or pain releif as I am sure your Dr would prescribe.

Good luck and I hope it is nothing lasting.

#5 treetree

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:05 PM

I'm pretty sure the knees aren't related to the other symptoms I had. Other than that I am just run down and everything is hitting me all at once. I actually managed a rest yesterday and felt so much better, then later that night my leg felt weird and it just escalated. I also don't think the rash is connected to the cold/flu symptoms I had. I think that is an allergy. I'm just falling apart!

The week before was really stressful, and then as soon as that was over, everything just hit me.

Thanks all.

IVL, I am hoping he just says it's bursitis or something when I go back, but as the pain and movement limitations get worse I am getting more and more worried.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

Five-year-old's photo captures beauty of motherhood

There is no make-up or special outfits and hairdos, but the five-year-old boy who took this picture captured the essence of motherhood as well as any professional photographer.

POLL: Which expert do you want to talk to?

Take our super quick poll to let us know what kind of expert you'd like to talk to.

Babies know whether you are naughty or nice

Studies have shown that infants in the first months of life try to avoid dealing with social wrongdoers - for example, sharing less with them and helping them less - and they expect others to, too.

What's your family's illness curse?

I'm a firm believer that every family has their 'curse' : the illness that plagues them but seems to bypass other families.

Bride shaves her head at wedding to pay tribute to ill husband

The idea of shaving your head at your wedding would sound terrifying to many brides - however this woman did it, and for the most heartbreaking reason.

When do you stop swearing around a baby?

You don't really want your baby's first word to be the f-word. So when do you stop talking freely around them?

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Get over 40% off selected products, including prams, baby carriers, cloth nappies, sleeping bags and much more! 24 hours only, on May 6 - register now for your special code.

Mum left fuming after being forced to dump 15 litres of breast milk at airport

Aviation officials at London's Heathrow Airport forced a nursing mother to dump nearly four gallons (nearly 15 litres) of breast milk.

Health authorities lost track of complaints about controversial midwife

New Zealand hospital bosses were warned about a childbirth educator's controversial and dangerous teachings 10 years ago, but it appears nothing was done.

Would you pay someone to name your baby?

"If you are getting somebody who really knows the evidence, then I'll say it's worth every penny, whether its $500 or $5000."

How much exercise is okay when you’re breastfeeding?

After having each of my babies, I was keen to get back into exercising. Following lots of back pain during pregnancy that restricted my movement, once those babies were out I couldn't wait to move properly again.

Pre-conception health tips for men

As it turns out, conceiving a baby isn't just about fertility and women's health.

Can you spot the 11 dangers to your baby?

Some are difficult to see at first glance, but they can be dangerous to our little loved ones.

Toddler survives near drowning, wakes up with ability to speak

It was moving day for the Holiday family from West Seattle. The family of four were moving just a few houses down the street, and both homes were a hive of activity.

Amniotic fluid embolism and blood clots in pregnancy

Two types of embolism that can occur include amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) and venous thromboembolism (VTE, or clots in the blood).

Little girl's dream comes true when she meets garbage man

She always wanted to meet her bin man, who drives by her house and honks at her each time.

What to expect when you go from two to four

Elyce and her husband had a four-year-old and a two-year-old - both boys - when they received the news they were expecting twin sons.

The latest news on treating and trying to prevent eczema

Eczema is a disease which affects up to one in four children under the age of two in Australia. (SPONSORED)

What's new so far: prams & strollers of 2016

It's time to round up the new prams of 2016; here's your guide to what's new and improved in the pram world.

Baby's death leads to warnings over portacot mattresses

The death of a baby whose head got stuck between a foam mattress and a cot side has prompted a public safety caution.

The grandmother offering a safe haven for babies in need

Like most people, Catherine Lucre is left heartbroken when she hears news that a baby has been abandoned or killed.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Get over 40% off selected products, including prams, baby carriers, cloth nappies, sleeping bags and much more! 24 hours only, on May 6 - register now for your special code.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

ENTER NOW

Do your kids love bananas?

This is the comp for you! We have $800 worth of Myer gift cards and boxes of Australian Bananas to be won. Entry is simple: just post a pic of your little one enjoying a banana in the comments of the FB post to enter.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.