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Is Joint Pain Usually Caused by Arthritis?

By    |   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:47 AM

Question: I have constant pain in my joints, but my doctor says I don’t have arthritis. What else could it be, and what should I do? I would prefer the "healthy alternative" to pain medication, which only masks the symptoms.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Pains in joints are not always caused by joint disease. Joint pains are seen with a number of disorders, including bacterial endocarditis (infected heart), disorders of metabolism and electrolytes, and disruptions in normal balances of calcium, magnesium, phosphate, and other components of blood.

Immune disorders and cancer may also cause joint aches.

I agree with you: There is no point using pain meds without knowing the cause of your discomfort. You need to change doctors in a hurry. Your questions are reasonable and are obviously being unaddressed by your doctor.

You should seek out another physician and/or ask for referral to a rheumatologist.

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