Why do I have swelling and constant pain in my arms and legs?

I am 31. 2 yrs ago I started having tightening in the skin & swelling from my knees down to my feet. My hand came a few weeks later. I started having unbearable pain in my joint & just all my arms and legs, feet and hands. I was put on prednisone & later methotraxate. I was tested for RA which was negative. I got off the methotrexate after about 1 yr. I was on the prednisone for about 2 yrs. I got off because it felt like they were both killing me slowly. I have had several x-rays & after over 2 years there is no damage. I have tried a naturalist. I am only getting worse. My skin is extremely tight from my knees down & I am extremely swollen all the time from knees down. My hands are a bit swollen. I am always in pain especially at night. I wake all the time in pain & have to always move due to the pain. When I get up I am in a lot of pain. I can not close my hands in the morning & by the end of the day I can almost close them to make a fist. I am at a loss, I don't know what to do. Can anyone help?
ikaljuk
Asked Oct 07, 2012
I have had a lot of tests and everything comes up negative. RA, Lupus, and every other possible test has been done all negative. I am really healthy. Healthy heart and kidneys.
ikaljuk Oct 07, 2012
Your doctors have to realize that a person's extremities don't just swell up for no apparent reason. What have the doctors told you?
Rob Oct 07, 2012
They are saying based on the symptoms it is closest to RA and so that's how they are treating it. Even though they stated themselves that based on my x-rays nothing has changed on over two years and with RA it would show something.
ikaljuk Oct 07, 2012
I actually suggested gluten allergy because I was talking to a friend last night who was telling me she thought she had arthritis for years, but when she stopped eating gluten the pain went away. She stopped her meds with her doctor's blessing and has been pain-free since.
There are a number of very different things that could fit that description like heart problems, rheumatoid arthritis or kidney function. You need to see a doctor where tests can be done to determine what it is.
Rob
Answered Oct 07, 2012
Get different doctors.

Sometimes, the culprit in mystery cases can be something diet related. Gluten can cause joint pain in people who don't tolerate it well. If you've tried everything else, talk to the naturalist about dietary causes and how to diagnose them in an appropriate, supervised cleanse. Also talk to him/her about acupuncture, etc.
skyDancer
Answered Oct 07, 2012
Dr. Oz Episode
Is Gluten Secretly Destroying Your Health?
http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/gluten-secretly-destroying-your-health?video=14787
In one of the sections they talk about gluten and joint pain...
am 52. I was taking Medro 4 for 2-3 year for allergy. I was under advise by my another doctor to stop it slowly as it is dangerous. I have reduced the dosage and since Feb 13, I have fully stopped the same. Now 2 months ago I started having tightening in the skin & swelling from my knees down to my feet. My hand came after a month later. I started having unbearable pain in my joint & just all my arms and legs, feet and hands. Especially I could not wake up painlessly inthe morning........ slowly the tightening relieves in the evening and then again it starts paining........ prolonged sitting, standing is causing much pain. My skin is tight from my knees down & I am extremely swollen all the time from knees down. My hands are a bit swollen. I am always in pain especially at night. I wake all the time in pain & have to always move due to the pain. When I get up I am in a lot of pain. I can not close my hands in the morning & by the end of the day I can almost close them to make a fist. I am at a loss, I don't know what to do. I have not been to the physician - thinking that Stoppage of Medrol is causing this and this will be automatically cured. Can anyone help
ramuGopu
Answered May 16, 2013

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