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Need help determining possible causes of pain, aches, and stiffness in my joints.

   I am a 16 year old male and have been having pain, aches, and stiffness in many joints. The main spots of discomfort are my; knees, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers (all joints excluding the pinkie fingers), hips, ankles, upper spine, and neck.

Background: This began with just my spine and hips a year and a half ago. I went to a back specialist about a year ago and he found that my hips were severely unaligned and thought that my back pains were a result of stress from the hips. I did Physical Therapy for about 2 months, which helped to align my hips, but not with the back or hip pain. A month after ending PT my other joints began to ache and feel painful.  

Current day: My joints are in a constant state of dull aching with moderate pain, unless overused (which can cause severe pain in the joint). I recently had a labral repair (I dislocated my shoulder, which is completely unrelated to my symptoms) on my shoulder and have been doing very mininmal physical activity so I have ruled out muscle strain.

*Note* My grandfather had Rheumatoid arthritis so I could be more genetically at risk.

If you have any ideas on what could be causing my symptoms please comment. Thanks!
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Hello and Welcome to our RA Forum. Please excuse my tardy response. I have out of town company - together we took a 3 day trip.

I'm so sorry to hear about your pain, especially given your age. Unfortunately RA has no age limits. Yes you do have a higher genetic risk for RA when close family members have also had the disease. RA and Osteoarthritis is rampant in the females of my family - to a lesser degree the males also.

Have the appropriate labs been done to determine if you have Arthritis - a Sed Rate and ANA? If not I hope you'll ask your parents help in getting these important labs ran. Early treatment in RA is important - it can reduce and/or prolong joint deterioration.

However don't jump to conclusions. What are your physicians telling you? has there been a DX (diagnosis)? There are other many autoimmune diseases that could account for your SX (symptoms) - or there could be other conditions that account for your pain - an undiagnosed infection?

It's obvious you require a good medical work-up. Have you discussed this in detail with your parents or medical provider? I encourage you to do so.

I'll look forward to hearing from you again soon - and wish you the very best.

Take Care,

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