Patient Comments: Arthritis - Symptoms


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Comment from: Fauzia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I am feeling pain in my left knee from arthritis. My pain is associated with movement. Moreover I have pain in my thumbs. I feel fatigue in all my fingers and toes.

Comment from: anna , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I have stiffness of lower back and side muscles from arthritis. Result is a limp after sitting for a while.

Comment from: SandyCar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I had hip replacement in January 2014 due to acetabular dysplasia and I have had pain ever since. I have a hard time walking by the end of the day and I walk with a limp. I have seen a few orthopedic doctors, had hip aspirations, bone scan and many other tests. Doctors say they don't see anything wrong. I'm tired of being in pain and I can't do what I want to do. I know it's not all in my head!

Comment from: SusanHelen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

Many, many years ago, I found what I thought was the best lip gloss ever, Lip Dew. It was very greasy and slid with ease over my chapped and puckered lips. Eventually, I began to get mouth ulcers and very sore gums and lips, so I used more and more of this gloss. Then after months of this, I came to realize that it was the gloss that was causing all these problems. A friend suggested gentian violet to treat the canker sores, and it was amazing. It immediately calmed the urge to keep touching them with my tongue, and soothed the pain. The only problem is, it covers your gums and teeth with what looks like purple ink, and it takes a few days before you look normal again. I didn't care how I looked, so long as I could calm this pain. I began, again, trying all kinds of lip glosses and chap sticks. None were greasy enough to suit my needs, and I found many to be too dry, or they smelled bad, or they started up my mouth sores again. A doctor finally suggested plain, old Vaseline. It worked really great for the past dozen years or so. No problems whatsoever until now. Because I've used it for so long with such great results, it's taken me a few weeks to figure out it's the Vaseline causing gums full of canker sores, bleeding gums and sore, puckered lips. When the Vaseline no longer cured my chapped lips and my gums below my lips were all puckered on the inside, full of sores, and bled when I brushed my teeth, I finally knew I was suddenly affected badly by its use. I am back to using gentian violet, and looking scary, but it helps so very much, I do whatever I have to, to relieve the pain. I now, again, am at a loss for what I can safely do for my chapped lips. Obviously, petroleum products (Vaseline) are out. My canker sores are healing, but my lips are red, sore, cracked, and dry.

Comment from: Liss, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 26

I'm actually a caregiver who's 23, with mild to severe arthritis. I get pain in all my joints, shoulder, hips, elbows, knees especially, fingers, and wrists. Sometimes, the pain will be so bad that it feels like it’s in 2 places at once. For example, I'll feel pain in my left leg. It will be between my hip and knee. Or knee and ankle. My joints pop when I use them, like my wrists especially. They make multiple popping sounds. Whenever my pain gets so severe, I just want to hit that area until it goes away. My boyfriend has caught me hitting myself a few times with a hard object on my specific area until my pain pills kick in. I have a bad back as well from a care giving injury a few months ago which resulted in me not being able to walk without wincing in pain. I'm always holding my lower back or right hip. The worst pain I've ever felt is when I lay down flat on my back on, let’s say, the carpet. After about 2 minutes, a growing pain in my lower back is so unbearable that I need my boyfriend to help me up because it hurts to move. If on my belly, everything on my left side seems to hurt at random. My hip, my knee, and my ankle. It’s very strange. I've been to many doctors and none has an explanation for it or diagnoses it. I haven't given up though. Wonder if anyone else experiences chest pain at random as well as arthritis symptoms. It seems like I'm adding more and more problems to my pain list.

Comment from: Lyn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I have been suffering from arthritis for almost 1 month and up to now I still can’t walk normally.

Comment from: susbysusby, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

Vertigo is horrible. That's all I can say. Spin around 20 times and try to walk. That's how it feels every time I move my head. So frustrating along with the process to get help. Awful.

Comment from: Casper, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I have pinworms and went to a walk-in clinic. I noticed a worm after using the toilet. The nurse practitioner did not want to see the stool sample I brought and gave me by Reese's pinworm liquid. It did no good, I used it 3 times. Then I bought something at health food store and took that over a month. It didn’t help. Then I went to a walk-in clinic. They sent me to hospital lab who took the sample of stool I brought and did tests and told me they were negative! I can see the worms and my man has them too. I drove to an emergency room that took a stool sample 4 days ago. They gave me albendazole but the pharmacy after 3 days said they can’t get it so here I am after 6 months and no help.


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Comment from: Laigi, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 25

My mum has suffered from pain in her finger joints 2 years ago and she is now 50 years of age. She feels pain whenever she tries to hold onto things and worse when she bends her fingers. She has not taken any specific medications for arthritis for the last years.

Comment from: starlet, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I have terrible swelling in my jaw bone and my neck but my arms and legs hurt all the time. I get fatigued very easy because of the arthritis.

Comment from: Wands, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I am 51 years old and I have arthritis in my knees, ankle, hips, and my right hand, elbow and arm. My hand and arm swells so bad that I can't pick up anything. My doctor had me on Mobic but it didn't work very well. Now she has added Cymbalta also and it makes me sick. I get and keep a headache all day and the nausea is terrible.

Comment from: Sandie, 55-64 (Patient) Published: December 31

I have been diagnosed with spondylosis which is spinal degeneration that I understand. I have loss of muscle mass in my thighs, and of more concern is that I have started losing weight. I see on your site here that arthritis can result in weight loss but it does not detail why.

Comment from: uluv_fred, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I am wondering if rheumatic fever might be a start to arthritis. I had rheumatic fever when I was in my late teens. I was in the Navy and they sent me to the hospital and I was diagnosed with it. They sent me home and I could not go on active duty at that time. Now I am suffering with arthritis on both hips and knees.

Comment from: PETRO, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I have pains in my arms, hands, elbows, hips, etc.

Comment from: Elizabeth, 55-64 Female Published: March 15

I am 63 years old. My hands are always numb and I suffer from terrible numbness and pain in my toes, which makes it difficult for me to drive.

Comment from: Colleen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I had severe pain in the right shoulder. After two days, it spread to my shoulder, elbows, wrists, thumbs, and all fingers. I was in in the hospital for 6 days and now I feel better. I was taking prednisone and 10 mg of methotrexate once a week before. I also took Folate once a week and Mobic every day. I am 65 years old.

Comment from: sufferer, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I have had arthritis for years and have taken different drugs. I was on Vioxx until it was taken off the market. Then I was on Celebrex until my doctor said it was affecting my kidneys and took me off Celebrex. Also, immediately I started having headaches and my hand felt like it was half asleep. I was put on antibiotics several times and they made me very sick. I went to a throat, nose and ear doctor and he decided I had arthritis in my jaw bones. My doctor put me back on Celebrex but half the dose, and in two days I am feeling better.

Comment from: Olivia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

My arthritis causes swelling of the ankles and pain down all one side of my body daily. Also stiffness in movement.

Comment from: poki, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 29

I am 50 years old and have just discovered that I have arthritis from the presenting signs and symptoms of stiff joints and limited movements. I do not have pains feelings but muscles get stiff and feels tired and weak with impaired circulation especially during long periods of rest. My back is also getting stiff and I use pillows for back support that allows alignment and reduce stiffness.

Comment from: (Patient) Published: July 11

My doctor's x-rays show arthritis in my right hip and lower back. The pain was mostly in my right thigh. I have been limping for at least 2 years and should have gone back to a different orthopedic doctor who might have helped me a long time ago. Just got a cortisone shot in my right hip and can actually use both legs once again. Just hope it lasts a long time.


The term arthritis refers to stiffness in the joints. See Answer
Comment from: gayathri, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

With arthritis I have joint pain as well as knee pain.

Comment from: osman(mauritius), 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 18

I am a 59 years doing executive and field work. I do my own driving-I suffered severe pain in right knee and right elbow and right hand. I could not walk and hold objects with my right hand. My doctor put me on simultaneous Feldene 20 mg and Dexawal 4mg injection for five days. After the first set of injections I started walking (LIMPING) after 12 hours.

Comment from: Charlotte, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I have not had it diagnosed yet. I'm seeing my GP today, having had an X-Ray yesterday. The pain is in my hip and my GP is quite sure it's arthritis. On the subject of symptoms, it sounds strange but the best way to describe how it feels is it's as though one leg is shorter than the other.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I get a stiff neck, wrists, stiff fingers an awful feeling in my arms that goes to my chest like heartburn this usually makes me vomit, after about an hour the symptoms go away.

Comment from: myneck521, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 11

I had a dislocated elbow at age five but didn't start hurting until I was in the Navy and fell on it. At that time doctors in navy said I had arthritis after I fell on it. I never had problems with my elbow all my life until I fell on it.

Comment from: 55-64 (Patient) Published: January 26

I have started to notice clicking of my index finger (used for typing mouse clicking) and hand pain generally.