I had arthralgias for about 15 years when I was an undiagnosed celiac. It was caused by celiac disease. It would begin with fatigue, flu-like symptoms, mouth sores, and then my hands, wrists, shoulders and elbows (all symmetrical) would get very sore to move, and weak. Holding books hurt, brushing teeth was tricky, and getting my arm up to blow dry my hair was a problem. It would last for a few weeks or months and then be gone. Poof! It never left behind pain. Ever. The worst I had was regaining my range of motion and strength after favoring it for weeks. The joint was never left with damage
The arthritis I've had lately is not like that. It leaves behind pain that doesn't go. It's osetoarthritis but I want to know is this is how it usually goes with OA. I'm only 41 with multiple AI problems so I want to hear from you all if this sounds about normal since I don't trust doctors much anymore. LOL I want to make sure this is OA and not another AI issue.
I've complained about my hips to you all before. About 2 years ago they stared to suddenly lock up and crack with a lot of pain. It would hurt to get them going after sitting and rest, and when I moved wrong the shooting pain would sap the strength out of my legs and I would stumble. It started out quite bad and then got a bit better when I went on corticosteroids for another issue. I assumed it was getting better but when I stopped the steroids a year later it came roaring back. I eventually got myself to the doctor and got x-rays done. It is (mild) osteoarthritis with a normal spacing but the bone growths/spurs are there.
The hip pain will come and go somewhat. Every time it departs my hips are a bit worse. I never seem to get back to where I was. And now my knees have started up too....
I've never had great knees. I blew the right one in my teens and had it reconstructed. They've both been making griinding sounds since my 20's but they didn't hurt unless I did too much like run 20km or go up and down a mountain in a day; then they would swell for a day, ache and be a bit hot. They got slowly a bit more symptomatic over time so they would swell after a 5 km run instead of 20km. I could still play some basketball and soccer, or go for a jog (when my hips were up to it).
It changed dramatically just over a month ago.
I was gardening for a day - nothing too strenuous. A few days later I was kneeling for an hour to help my son's with some history projects (which they won in the city - gotta slip in some bragging). No biggie. The next day (or 2-3 days later - can't quite remember) my knees were swollen and stiff. A day or so later they became quite painful. Both of them. They hurt to rest or to move after rest. The pain would radiate up and down my leg on the outside, and it hurt on the inside when I lay on one side. They've stayed swollen for a good month. although not always hot.
Then my left knee (the uninjured one) became worse after a few weeks. It feels as though there are loose pieces floating in it and getting in the joint. A lot of pain in the back of the knee and the outer side. Ow. It was very bad for about 2 weeks. The type of pain where you can't sit still with it, or it keeps you up at night, and I can usually sleep through migraines and labor. LOL If I moved the wrong way it would take my breath away and I could feel my blood pressure drop. Super annoying and inconvenient because I was coaching two sports at the time.
The extreme pain has been subsiding for a week now but my knee feels MUCH worse than it used to. It cracks and locks, and it feels like there is stuff floating in the joint. Plus it is still a bit swollen - not usually noticeably so but it can be felt. I had an x-ray done but haven't heard back yet.
So... is this normal arthritis? Is this how knee arthritis, or hip arthritis, usually presents? The arthralgias I had from celiac disease were so different from what I have now, and I have to admit that I'm worried about how fast this recent stuff is progressing. Does it go from nothing to affecting walking, and getting up or down, so quickly? All within months, or a year or so? I'd love to hear others' experiences - just rying to figure out where I stand in this.