Has anyone ever experience anything similar?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Wiped Out, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Off and on for the past several month different parts of my bones/joints get really sore. The pain usually lasts a day or two. It is sort of an ache and yet at the same time when the pain is just starting out the least little touch hurts. It also sometimes has a sort of stiffness about it.

    The pain will also shift around at times. For example my finger has been hurting the last couple of days. Sometimes the pain is right in the knuckle other times the lower part of my finger (on the back of my hand) and still other times it is sore on the palm side right below the finger. Oh and there is never any swelling or visible bruising along with it.

    I've had the pain in my fingers (and thumb) and on my foot (not the foot with the stress fracture).

    It is so strange and I haven't wanted to go to the doctor partly because it is very difficult to explain and partly because it doesn't last long-just a couple of days and partly because I think the doctor will think I'm nuts! (I will bring it up when I go to a bone specialist in October because I was recently dxd with osteopenia -I don't think the two things are related though from the bit of web searching I've done)

    I'm not really worried that it is anything serious just wondering if anyone else has experienced anything similar?
  2. TeDo

    TeDo Guest

    I'm not sure but it sounds kind of like my inflammatory arthritis. I rarely hurt in the same place but at times I hurt everywhere at once. The part that makes me unsure is that it hurts to touch it at times. I don't have that. Does Advil (Ibuprofen) or other anti-inflammatory help? Does it seem to be worse when the weather changes (like every other day like it is here)? Hope you are able to figure it out.
  3. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Not sure what it is, but a few things occur to me. Could be some nerve problem, not necessarily a pinched nerve or blown disc (not nearly at the point that you should leap to that idea), but pain is often referred - the problem is in one area of the body but the pain registers in another. It is very possible, though most docs don't watn to think about/deal with it, that tight muscles and muscle knots/spasms can create nerve pain that registers elsewhere and also can cause other symptoms. I have had vertigo for a lot of my life and it is cause by the muscles spasming so much and for a long enough time that they squeeze/pinch/irritate nerves and also can restrict blood flow - both of which cause my problems but it took a decade and a really good chiropractor to figure it out and then the chiro's connections to get an orthopedic doctor and a PT to do some testing to prove the theory. This is a big reason why I have been on muscle relaxers for years.

    It could also maybe be some type of arthritic activity, or maybe some type of myofascial pain. You do need to talk to the doctor, as it would not be the most typical presentation of most of those things. I don't now if it could be the osteopoenia. One hint for the appointment with the bone doctor - get your reg doctor to do calcium, vit d and other basic lab tests a week or two before you see the specialist. It will save some time and give him some valuable info that otherwise he would have to order and have you come back for another visit - which costs time and money, Know what I mean?? Also have your estrogen and other hormone levels run - those can help figure out possible causes and ways to slow down or reverse the bone issues.

    You might consider trying massage therapy to help with this. trigger point massage can be esp helpful. You may want to get a thera cane to help with this. It is a hook shaped plastic thingy that is designed to let you massage your body - even the back and other hard to reach places. it is amazingly helpful, in my opinion. Docs can order them as durable medical equipment, or you can get them on amazon, at a medical supply store, etc.... Here is a list of them on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=thera+cane&x=13&y=21 I haven't tried the kind witha curve at each end, mine is the kind with just the curve on one end. It is amazing, is very hard to damage or break, and can be usd by the whole family. My dad, a notorious bah0humbug that is not needed kind of guy, tried it for a couple of days and bought his own. And, if you need to put muscle rub or something on your back, you can put a clean panty liner on the knob on the curved end and put the cream right where you want it. yes, odd way to use pantyliners, but it is super-helpful, esp if you are alone or don't want to wake someone up and have a bad charley horse.

    I hope something I suggested helps. That type of pain is super frustrating.
  4. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    Does it correlate with weather or activities when it flares?
  5. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

    It sounds like my arthritis as well. Try some motrin or aleve (not tylenol).
  6. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    I agree, it sounds similar to what my dr described as fibromyalgia. However, I also have the arthritis thing and she said each exacerbates the other. NSAIDS help sometimes, though not always. If it's the arthritis, the NSAIDs may help. If it's the fibromyalgia, not so much. Sometimes soaking in a bath of Epsom salts helps.

    I hope you're able to find a way to get some relief.
  7. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I if its fibro, you should have a certain number of trigger points so I am hesitant to say that and fingers and the hands arent one of them. Now arthritis is a whole other ball of wax. It could be any number of those conditions. I also wonder if your addisons could present with something. I would request a visit with a rheumy.
  8. seriously

    seriously New Member

    You don't say if you've tried any remedies and if/which ones worked.

    This type of pain can be caused by systemic inflammatory disease, neuropathy and probably a few other things I don't know about.

    I would go to the doctor because it can be a sign of systemic disease.
  9. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    I've had the same thing but I've always assumed that it was just the beginnings of arthritis. I know I have it in my knees and my feet and ankles hurt all the time. It pops up other places too though, but not all the time ... my wrists, my fingers or the joints of my thumbs. They will hurt for a while, then it moves on somewhere else.
  10. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Haozi and Tedo-It doesn't seem to correlate with the weather or any other activity that I've noticed.

    Susie-You've given me a lot to think about and these are all things I will bring up at my appointment in October. I did have vitamin D and calcium run in July. I'm low on both and need to start taking supplements.

    JJJ-I'll try the Motrin tomorrow-probably should have tried it sooner.

    Jo-Really hoping it isn't the fibro.

    Janet-Never thought about the Addison's. It isn't something common but who knows-good question to ask my doctor.

    Seriously-Other than just trying to rest it I haven't tried anything. It usually goes away in a couple of days.

    Donna-Sounds like what I'm experiencing.

    Thank you everyone for your insight. I'm in a lot of pain tonight as it has now moved into the bottom of my thumb and my wrist. Also I seem to have it on the bottom of my foot as well. easy child/difficult child was laughing tonight because I was limping from the pain and husband was limping because his entire body is achy right now. We looked like a super old couple walking around.