Undiagnosed Joint Problems

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Damini

Leicester, UK

#1 Apr 27, 2009
I am hoping someone here might be able to give some advice, guidance, or insight. My brother (28 years old) has been suffering for quite some time with a joint problem that has, so far, eluded diagnosis. It began about six years ago, and has become increasingly problematic and spread to other joints. It originated with joint pain, and an inability to straighten his arm (his right arm cannot be fully straightened to this day, twisted at 45 degrees from fully extended). The doctors could not find a reason for this - no infection, no markers for arthritis in blood tests, all tests negative. He then suffered symptoms similar to bells palsy, with drooping of one eyelid, and his pupils were different sizes. He was admitted to hospital for nuerological tests, all of which came back clear. He was discharged, without diagnosis. The drooping of his eyelid improved of its own accord. The joint pains became less aggressive, but have spread throughout his body. He now finds chewing food painful, he walks with a distinct gait, and when he stands up the most appalling sound can be heard as his knees grind - the closest I can come to describing it is that it is a mix between the noise of velcro being ripped apart, and the sound of popping candy being eaten. His joints are swollen, but xrays come back clear.

His rheumatologist prescribed painkillers with antidepressant qualities, but my brother does not wish to take them because they are addictive, because he is not depressed, and because his chief concern is the loss of mobility rather than the pain, which has diminished in recent years. The rheumatologist said he understood and supported my brother's decision not to take the medication.

The NHS does not seem interested in actively pursuing a diagnosis - they have referred him to a physiotherapist, but any attempts at finding the underlying cause now seem to have been abandoned. We do not have the money as a family to go private, but I would be willing to take out a loan in order for him to see a top diagnostic doctor if that would help.

It's just heartbreaking - he was a keen drummer, and has been unable to play music for years. Sometimes I will give him a friendly hug, and hear him wince as I accidentally nudge a sore joint.

If any of you have advice, then please do speak up. Any insight you can offer will be graciously recieved.
chris campbell

Nuevo, CA

#2 May 17, 2009
Damini wrote:
I am hoping someone here might be able to give some advice, guidance, or insight. My brother (28 years old) has been suffering for quite some time with a joint problem that has, so far, eluded diagnosis. It began about six years ago, and has become increasingly problematic and spread to other joints. It originated with joint pain, and an inability to straighten his arm (his right arm cannot be fully straightened to this day, twisted at 45 degrees from fully extended). The doctors could not find a reason for this - no infection, no markers for arthritis in blood tests, all tests negative. He then suffered symptoms similar to bells palsy, with drooping of one eyelid, and his pupils were different sizes. He was admitted to hospital for nuerological tests, all of which came back clear. He was discharged, without diagnosis. The drooping of his eyelid improved of its own accord. The joint pains became less aggressive, but have spread throughout his body. He now finds chewing food painful, he walks with a distinct gait, and when he stands up the most appalling sound can be heard as his knees grind - the closest I can come to describing it is that it is a mix between the noise of velcro being ripped apart, and the sound of popping candy being eaten. His joints are swollen, but xrays come back clear.
His rheumatologist prescribed painkillers with antidepressant qualities, but my brother does not wish to take them because they are addictive, because he is not depressed, and because his chief concern is the loss of mobility rather than the pain, which has diminished in recent years. The rheumatologist said he understood and supported my brother's decision not to take the medication.
The NHS does not seem interested in actively pursuing a diagnosis - they have referred him to a physiotherapist, but any attempts at finding the underlying cause now seem to have been abandoned. We do not have the money as a family to go private, but I would be willing to take out a loan in order for him to see a top diagnostic doctor if that would help.
It's just heartbreaking - he was a keen drummer, and has been unable to play music for years. Sometimes I will give him a friendly hug, and hear him wince as I accidentally nudge a sore joint.
If any of you have advice, then please do speak up. Any insight you can offer will be graciously recieved.
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Evangeline

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Jul 1, 2013
If one has frequent joint problems, I think it would be better to go to a physician and have a check up.
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Since: Oct 13

Albany, NY

#6 Dec 18, 2013
One possible misdiagnosis is the failure to correctly diagnose Chronic Joint pain leading to a person remaining with undiagnosed Chronic Joint pain. Any condition can potentially be missed and stay undiagnosed.
Mary

Ashburn, VA

#7 Jan 8, 2014
Tablets For Joint Pain Relief - http://www.jointreliefsolution.com/ct/99781 I received the order and it was on time and the pills work great.

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