Knuckle Arthritis At 36

A joint is the point where two or more bones meet in the body. Joints facilitate movement and also provide mechanical support structurally and functionally. Soreness of joints is a challenge in which movement of a given joint is restricted due to the formulation of pain in and around the joint. Along with pain, other symptoms like redness, inflammation, stiffness, and tenderness are likewise observed. Life becomes tough as it is very difficult to carry to out daily activities with a constant pain. If you’re suffering from inflamed joints or you know someone facing this problem, the information shown below may be helpful to you.

When, at the age of just 36, Mandy Laughlan was struck down by rheumatoid arthritis, the onset of the disease was so rapid that within a couple of weeks she was unable to cut a slice of bread or do up the buttons on her blouse. Despite trying various drugs and diets, Mandy was left crippled by her illness. Then, last year, she was put on a new type of drug, Humira. Within weeks, the pain had gone and she was …

FAQ’s: Rheumatoid arthritis at age 36?
My hand cramped up the other day for no apparent reason. Seemed like something that should happen to an "old" person. My hands mildly ache frequently, but it's no big deal. The cramp lasted for about 2 minutes. I do have perhaps "telltale" nodules over my ring finger knuckle & near my elbows. I don't want to visit my doctor for nothing. He took a biopsy of the nodule on my knuckle and said it was nothing, just "scar tissue". Any recommendations for preventive or natural treatments?

  • While it's possible to have RA at your age, the presence of nodules on your elbows doesn't sound like a characteristic. The nodules typically form at the finger joints, but that's usually an indication of advanced RA. Do your hands ache or the actual JOINTS in your fingers? Do you have trouble opening jars and doorknobs? Those are the questions we ask our patients. In order for you to be properly diagnosed your doctor can order some lab tests, specifically an Rheumatoid Factor, a CRP and a Sedimentation Rate. The latter two would indicate how much inflammation your body is experiencing. Also, there are a number of observational tests your doctor would do. He would do what's called a Joint Count. He would start pressing at your temples, jaw, TMJ, shoulders, elbows, wrists….all the way down your body to the joints in your toes and measure your swelling and tenderness responses. You usually have to possess a certain number of swollen and tender joints AND a qualifying positive lab test to verify. Also, he/she could order hand and feet xrays, to check for erosions on the joints themselves. The nodule he biopsied that he called "nothing" could have been a cyst and nothing more. Since RA is a disease of unknown etiology (the cause is really not known), there isn't really anything preventive you could do. Sometimes it runs in your family, and some experts believe it's caused by environmental factors. Ultimately, if your symptoms persist and your doctor is not sure of your diagnosis, he needs to send you to a Rheumatologist to properly assess you. That way it can be done right. The good news is that there are SO many treatment options available today. The sooner it's diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated, and early treatment means less joint destruction. I hope you don't have RA, but if you do, the good thing is that it is very treatable.