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Pain in neck, shoulder, lower back, hips, knees and ankles
An_189564 posted:
I am experiencing moderate burning pain in the left side of my neck, my left shoulder, down the left side of my spine, my lower back, both hips, down my right inner thigh, both kness and the bottom of my right foot. I have been to the doctor and am waiting for my ANA panel to come back. Since I've been to the doctor, the pain has spread and gotten worse. The doctor told me I should try walking, but this causes burning pain around both knees. My fear is that the ANA panel will come back showing nothing wrong, but I really feel like something is wrong. Any advice?
hurtplenty responded:
Anon have u done an MRI for your problem?
Bobbi9999 replied to hurtplenty's response:
No, only blood tests so far.
davedsel57 responded:

For an accurate diagnosis, you should have an MRI done of your spine. You should also see a spine specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. While surgery should always be your last option, these types of doctors are the best for interpreting MRI results and developing effective treatment plans.
Blessings, -Dave
Bobbi9999 replied to davedsel57's response:
Thanks for your reply. I heard from my doctor. I tested positive for rheumatoid arthritis and will be seeing a rheumatologist soon.
photog12 replied to Bobbi9999's response:
Bobbi, I was going to suggest that as a possibility even if the blood work was negative. I have the same thing but negative blood work. I've learned that approximately 30% of people with rheumatoid arthritis have negative blood work. I'm going to see a rheumatologist in a couple weeks. Saw one years and years ago that was not helpful at all, really goofy and took nothing I said seriously. "Its all just soft tissue". Hopefully I get some pain management and a different approach to anti-inflammatories or something...
schirmer00 replied to photog12's response:
I have the same symtoms. And I have done bone scan, mri, emg, spinal tab...all negative...which is good news...the neuroloist concluded it is arthritis changes...whatever that she gave me naprexen to take for pain.

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