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Question: Woke up with painful/stiff/swollen joints -

 TuscanRed - Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:05 pm

43, F, hysterectomy-2001. This morning woke up with pain/stiff/swollen joints; both side of body - fingers (swollen also), wrists (swollen also), elbows, shoulders, neck, knees, ankles (swollen also) and toes. Left side of back of head tender to touch. Took aceteminophen; didn't do anything. Fatigue. Glands do not appear swollen. No rash. No fever.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:47 pm

User avatar Hello -

There are a number of potential causes of this symptom. Usually there is some fever or at least local heat at the affected joints. This seems to be of fairly sudden onset, so is not likely arthritis, but could be rheumatic fever -- which doesn't always present with a noticeable fever, although the swollen joints may be warm to the touch.

Septic arthritis is another possibility, but is usually confined to one joint and generally occurs in older patients. Still, it is possible.

Regardless of the absence of fever or other constitutional symptoms, this warrants an urgent visit to a doctor or acute care facility to be diagnosed and treated. It's impossible to make a decent guess without a face-to-face encounter, bloodwork, etc., and these should be done as soon as possible.

Please keep us updated regarding this. Best of luck to you.


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