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Pain in my hands, wrists ankles and knees. What could this be?

Question Posted Monday February 6 2012, 11:34 pm

Okay first off I am 20. I have two children. I am a stay at home mother. No smoking drinking or anything.

My pain in my hands are if I am folding laundry my hands hurt so bad like an ache that I cant finish the laundry I have to do it later. I can look at it and feel the pain. If I get cold my wrists, ankles knees hurt so bad. Tonight has been the worse even to the point of my bawling. I can usually can a hot bath and the pain goes away. Most of it has gone away but it still hurts and tonight I had my husband wrap my legs in a blanket and he said my legs wasn't even cold. My legs sometimes jerk a little on their own.

I don't have health insurance nor can I afford a doctor appt. Yes I have tried to get health insurance threw the state they say we make to much. but after our bills we barley have enough for gas. I know you are not doctors but maybe you are someone or know some one with the same symptoms.

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AdviceMistress answered Wednesday February 8 2012, 9:42 am:
It sounds a like it like arthritis to me, my friend had similar aches and pains with her knees and her legs. She has had it since she was 13. Another part of it sounds like a circulation problem. You say when you get cold that your wrists start to hurt. My feet get really really cold due to bad circulation which in return brings a lot of pain into my feet as well as cramping and even sometimes my feet freeze up.
I guess the best thing to do would to be take some aspirin and maybe use a heating pad those tend to help. I would suggest doing the best you can to find a clinic in your area or finding out more about a doctor. I'm not a doctor but the symptoms you are experiencing I have definitely heard of. I hope you find out what's wrong and I hope you find a solution. Feel better!

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aturtle1 answered Tuesday February 7 2012, 10:50 pm:
get to the doc u can always set up an automatic payment and pay 5 a week.your money dosent matter as much as your health.cld be a serious or something you can manage with pain dont know til u ask

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Siren_Cytherea answered Tuesday February 7 2012, 3:41 pm:
**Disclaimer: Of course, I'm not a doctor, but I have experience with pain conditions and a lot of base knowledge. So here are my two cents:

I agree with Zane - it sounds like arthritis. Age has nothing to do with it, unfortunately. I don't know if you're a heavier person, but that could definitely put a strain on your joints.

Extreme temperatures as far as climate can cause changes in your body. You don't have to physically be cold to feel that it's ten degrees outside. You may even find that humidity, or a storm in the air, could cause pain. If you find that moist heat does the trick, that's great. Heating pads might help, or just running warm water over your wrists/hands.

As far as your legs jerking, that may not be a symptom. It's called a myoclonic jerk, and is basically an involuntary muscle contraction or relaxation. It could be a result of the pain, especially if you've been having the pain for awhile.

More importantly, though, the pain (or arthritis) itself could be caused by something else. You NEED to get checked out.
If you have a family doctor, ask what their office visit price is. Ask your children's pediatrician if s/he'll do you a favor and see you with your kids next time they go in - or go in for a well-check with one of your kids and start talking about your symptoms. Don't be afraid to network and try to find the least expensive way to do this, even if it's begging for a favor. You never know who'll be able to give you the help you need - but you DO need help. This is getting in the way of daily activities, and it needs to be managed. Just because you're 20 doesn't mean you can't have something serious. Better to be safe than sorry.

In the meantime, does Motrin help? Tylenol? Do you have any other symptoms? Trouble sleeping? Lack of energy, other than feeling tired from being in pain?

Be brave. Ask your family for help, and do what you need to do to ease the pain. I hope you feel better. :(


[Edit:] In response to your feedback, I understand what it's like to be living paycheck to paycheck. BUT, like one of the more recent columnists said, you can make payment arrangements with doctors' offices. As long as you stick to the agreement, they won't press you for more money. Explain your situation. You need to go and take care of yourself. I know as a mom your first instinct is to take care of your kids above all else, but if you don't get help, you won't be much good to them. So do something a little selfish. Make a call, ask about small monthly payments, tell them what's going on, and see what they can do for you.
Good luck. <3

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Xui answered Tuesday February 7 2012, 10:28 am:
We can't give you a diagnosis but it COULD be arthritis.

Even if you don't have health insurance if you were ever in severe pain a hospital will not deny you. I'm not sure what state you are in but some hospitals have a plan where if you are seen their once you can apply for a years insurance but can only be seen at the hospital if you have any medical problems. You would need your source of income and I believe it's good for 1 year, You can find out by calling the hospital and seeing what plans they have.

P.S. You can always call around your area and find a doctor that is willing to let you go on a payment plan.

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