Well am not suspecting osteoarthritis, but another form of arthritis called as Rheumatoid arthritis.But to be dead sure, we need to do a number of blood examinations-which includes ESR, CRP, CCP, RA FACTOR, besides the routine hemogram. In india, blood tests can be done on request of patient itself, but i don't know if same is allowed\accepted in your country.
So get these blood work up done, so that, we can go ahead with the discussion,.
Also along with these tests, i would request you to do a uric acid test done also,
This was about the investigation part only,as till the time we are clear with the reports,we really can't decide about the treatment.
Hence we would discuss furthee,after the results are available.
As a symptomatic treatment,paracetamol 500 mg three times a day,would be sufficient, along with an anta-acid,if you got acidity issues.
For $5 I was expected a more timely response.
I was hoping for a response from a doctor. The pain is getting worse in my hands and feet and I'm now having some occasional pain in my elbows, knees. The joints don't really feels stiff, just painful to flex. I'm also feeling some pain and kind of a numb/weak feeling in my ankles.
Is is common for osteoarthritis to spread quickly like this? I'm just worried it's something more serious.
good heavens - you actually sound like you have peripheral neuropathy, possibly from vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) poisoning ( a quiet epidemic ) Pain in the bottom of the feet is the classic symptom and it causes arthritic symptoms. late stage you will get very tired and wobbly. Are you taking a multi vitamin with more than the RDI 1.7mg in it?
Depending on the dose it can take years to cause problems.
At any rate if you suspect it the blood test is easy to do ( be careful the sample taken is protected from light and done as soon as possible after stopping your vitamins as the blood level drops quickly but the nerves however take months to years to repair ) The other common cause of odd joint pains in office workers is vitamin D defficiency - also very easy to test for but I'd say the foot pain is the give away symptom.
another caveat if your MD uses the Merck manual the probable toxic dose is set far too high. Visit the b6 toxicity forum on medhelp and see if this sounds like you.
Even 25mg has been reported as causing toxic effects ( 25 mg is nearly 1500%RDI and half the UpperLimit set in Australia and the UK).
I also suffer from this type of arthritis and my doctor recommended me to take vicodin for pain relief and is not presented its side effect anxiety xanax which put me in findrxonline acquire.
I know you must spend some difficult moments, the pain caused by this disease is similar to the pain I had and thanks to God the calm with the pain medication prescribed by a doctor I only recommend you be careful with side effects and prescribed medicines that you findrxonline indicate that we must prevent and always know contraindications.