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4 Things your Joint Pain is Trying to Tell You

Pain
By Vasudha Bhat , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Apr 10, 2015
4 Things your Joint Pain is Trying to Tell You

Pain in the joint could mean so much more than arthritis. There can be many underlying conditions that can cause joint pain. Here is a list of such conditions.

Quick Bites
  • Allergy to medication can cause joint pain.
  • Gout could cause pain in various parts of the body.
  • Sarcoidosis weakens the immune system.
  • Bone cancer could cause pain in the joints.

Joint pains are common and so are their causes. Whenever someone mentions joint pain, the only few things that ring a bell include arthritis or osteoarthritis. But did you know your joint pain could mean so much more? There are many other conditions apart from arthritis that can contribute to joint ache. Here we list some of them.

Joint Pain Causes

Allergy to Medication

Though medications are given to treat you for a diagnosed disorder, there are chances that some medications, particularly antibiotics like penicillin, can do more harm than good. These medications could trigger a reaction and cause pain to the joint.

Gout

Gout is a condition which occurs when the uric acid builds up in the body and forms crystals that cause inflammation in the joints. Usually patients suffer from gout in the big toe but that is only the place where it first occurs. It can also develop in other parts of the body.

Sarcoidosis

Your body needs a healthy immune system to keep everything that makes you sick away. However, if you suffer from sarcoidosis, which is an inflammatory condition, your immune cells start forming clusters in different organs eventually causing symptoms like fever, fatigue and wheezing. A 2010 study also claimed that one-quarter of sufferers also experience a kind of sarcoidosis arthritis, also known as joint pain.

Joint Pain Causes

Fibromyalgia

This condition which affects women more than men and can be triggered by many things, including stress. It is an inflammatory response in the central nervous system which sends signals of pain in the body.  In MRI scans taken for a study, the brain could be seen overreacting to sensory cues and responding with discomfort.

Bone Cancer

Although the chances of bone cancer are very slim, you can’t ignore the fact that you could develop it. Pain in the bone is a classic symptom of bone cancer. It worsens at night time or when you are active. The symptoms are similar to that of arthritis and so you should not fear the worst. If you feel the pain for more than two weeks, consulting a doctor will be a wise option.

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Written by
Vasudha Bhat
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamApr 10, 2015

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