Single, student mama to 3 boys
There are a lot of things that can cause arthritis. And honestly, it shows up on an x-ray--so they don't really have to guess about this. There's also a "test" they do where they lay you down, extend one leg straight, then try to make a number 4 using the other leg (foot on the knee of the extended leg and lay that bent leg down flat). I honestly don't recall how they read it, but despite my hip pain that had me walking kind of hunched--they determined that I did not, in fact, have arthritis without an x-ray.
But I was in agony.
It was food-related. :/
So, look into when it worsens. You might want to try a rotation diet if you're not pro-cutting-stuff-out. Gluten, dairy, nightshades... these are prime culprits; but each body is different. Keeping a detailed log would help you on that endeavor. If you need one, pm me and I can send what I give my clients.
I have also met at least 4 people (2 with rheumatoid arthritis, 1 with lupus and a fourth with some other debilitating, chronic disorder that's escaping me now) that have put it in remission going on a raw foods diet.
I'm thinking someone else will jump in here with way more info for you, but this should get you started and give you some hope!
Heather - Wife , Mommy & Health & Wellness Educator, Speaker & Consultant
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Thanks for that. I suspected this but I don't really come across it often enough to dig. They told me that my x-ray was clear and I still had pain so "it must not be arthritis". In my own case, it did (thankfully) turn out to be food related (and I say "thankfully" because in the absence of support from my doctors, it was the quickest and easiest thing for me to try ).
I knew there were a lot, but I had no idea there were 200. Last year I learned about psoriatic arthritis. Yikes. My mom has rheumatoid. Is there a good resource for learning about all of the types of arthritis?
Hi! I have osteoarthritis in my hips, which I really began to notice early in my thirties. There are over 100 different kinds of arthritis. Arthritis is a very general term used to refer to any kind of disease affecting joints. Osteoarthritis may be the only kind that can be picked up via x-ray because you can notice the thinned space between bones, which means the cartilage is thinning. Even still, once I got that diagnosis via x-rays, my orthopedic surgeon requested MRI's to assess any further problems. MRIs, I believe is able to examine soft tissues and detect inflamation.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common type of arthritis (after osteo-) and often first appears when people are in their early 20s.
As a pp said, you need to get in to see a rheumatologist ASAP, but I know it's hard to get in to see one where I live so it may take a while. As long as it's not osteoarthritis, it will not necessarily get worse over time. I took a six-week "How to manage arthritis in your 20s, 30s, 40s" workshop with people with various kinds of arthritis. Many of them said their doctors dismissed their complaints as psychological because there was no obvious reason for the pain. But, they said that once they got the diagnosis and learned to manage the pain and the disease it got better (as in more manageable).
ETA - go with Mum4boys' stats, I think they are more reliable than my off-the-cuff stats :)