S.H. asks from Beverly Hills, CA on July 24, 2008
Sever Joint Pain!!!! HELPPPP
Hi ladies, I'm about 12 weeks pregnant... had some backpain from the begining of my pregnancy... and all of a sudden this week i have been experiencing SUCH sever joint pain it's getting unbereable... it started monday when i woke up and my ankles were in sooo much pain.. i could barely walk then it went to my wrists... knees... and last night to even my elbows... this is all within 4 days. I feel handicapped and can't do anything. I talked to my dr yesterday and she said i need to relax, not pick up my daughter (2) and go to physical therapy.. but I don't think this is normal. I couldn't even open a water bottle this morning to take my pill. I have hypothyroidism... taking synthroid... but it's under control. Has anyone else experienced this?
So What Happened?™
I wanted to thank everyone for all your suggestions and kind words. I had an ultrasound the day I posted my request, and that Dr. sent me straight to a rheumatologist. The rheumatologist gave me a steroid shot (i think) for the pain which helped a lot, and ran blood tests. Blood work and more bloodwork later, the results were ready and I was to hear from my rhuematologist monday afternoon. I had a checkup with my obgyn monday morning and told him what had been going on... and actually found out that I miscarried. My obgyn immediately contacted my rheumatologist, specially to find out he didn't give me anything to cause the miscarriage. They spoke, and their conclusion is that I have may have lupus. They're not sure if it's permanent or temporary (some woman just develop this during pregnancy and goes away after about 6 weeks). I had a D&C on tuesday to have the fetus removed since I was about 4 months when I miscarried. They've sent everything to the lab to find out exactly what happened to the baby, and my rheumatologist is running even more tests now. It's been extremely hard on my husband and I dealing with this miscarriage, and I'm just so scared if I ever get pregnant again... what's going to happen... but I'm glad to have so much support from family and friends, and to you moms on mamasource for lending an ear and your advice.
D.M. answers from Los Angeles on July 24, 2008
Dear Sarah, this does not sound normal to me either. I would try to get as much rest as I could if I were you. Follow the doctors advice for now, if only to prove him/her wrong. Give the therapy a little time to work. If I did't feel better soon I would push my doctor for answers better than the one's he/she has given you so far. I hope you feel better very quickly.
J.W. answers from Reno on July 25, 2008
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T.B. answers from Visalia on July 25, 2008
Sweetie I dont think this has anything to do with your pregnancy...??
Go see the Dr right away. Go to the professionals instead of guessing and asking and suffering.
How old are you? Arthritis? Are you taking meds for anything?(alergy reaction)ETC.
C.Y. answers from Los Angeles on July 25, 2008
This sounds so familiar. At the beginning of my pregnancy with my first son I started to have really bad back pains. Then my joints hurt so bad that it was hard to walk or do any normal everyday activities. Then it got even worse ... I started to get shooting pains down my arms and legs that would make me suddenly lose muscle control in that limb. My entire pregnancy was extremely painful and the doctor couldn't figure out what was wrong. It wasn't until 7 years (and another baby) later that a new doctor referred me to an orthopedic doctor that ordered a MRI of my spine. The MRI showed that I have Degenerative Disk Disease (DDD). Throughout both my pregnancies, the nerves in my spine were being pinched every time I, or my baby, moved. The MRI also showed that I have sever arthritis in my upper spine. The doctor said that since I have it in my spine, there's no doubt that arthritis is the cause of all my joint pain. At the time of my MRI, I was only 27 years old.
If your pains don't start shooting down your limbs, then I wouldn't worry about DDD. But right now it sounds like arthritis is a definite possibility. You are probably not going to be able to figure out the actual cause of your pains until after your new bundle of joy arrives because you may need a MRI or x-rays.
I wish you the best of luck! I know it's difficult to care for a 2 year old when you're in so much pain. I hope your pain is only temporary and you'll be able to pleasantly enjoy the rest of your pregnancy.
C.L. answers from Los Angeles on July 27, 2008
I hope you're feeling better by now. do you have arthritis? if so, then nightshade foods can make it worse. for example, tomatoes, potatoes, spinach, eggplants, tobaco. I can't eat spinach (and LOVE baby spinach) all my joint hurt -- it started after my 2nd pregnancy) I'm also gluten intolerant and if I eat any wheat/gluten I get a lot of muscle and joint pain. if blood tests don't show anything...do consider keeping track of what you eat and how it makes you feel (up to 36 hours later). Good luck!
(¨*•.¸´•. Get well soon!!.•´¸.•*¨)
M.P. answers from Los Angeles on July 25, 2008
so sorry you are having pain and discomfort. i would ask your doctor to test your thyroid levels. this happened to me and i went through my whole pregnacy, and 4 months after, with an unknown hypothyroid issue. symptoms are extreme fatigue and joint/muscle aches (among others). it is an easily corrected problem. good luck and i hope you are feeling better soon!
M.T. answers from Las Vegas on July 25, 2008
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E.B. answers from Santa Barbara on July 25, 2008
S.G. answers from Los Angeles on July 24, 2008
I would get your thyroid rechecked. Achy joints are a symptom, and pregnancy can wreak havoc on your thyroid. It will need to be monitored closely throughout your pregnancy. I had to more than double my dosage throughout my 2nd pregancy