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I seem to have muscular pains in my legs? If it is rheumatism,

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I seem to have muscular pains in my legs? If it is rheumatism, what can I do?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr S.A.Alam replied 3 years ago.

Dr S.A.Alam :

Hello, Welcome to JustAnswer and thank you for your question.

Dr S.A.Alam :

Your age and gender ?

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Do you have any previous medical issues ?

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swelling of the joints ?

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Are you taking some medicine ?

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Can you explain this pain ?

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when it started ?

Customer: Doctor,
Customer: I am female, aged 70. My legs began to be very sensitive to cold after a trip in winter four years ago, when I didnt have proper winter clothes. Since then I have had to use wollen stockings most of the time.
Customer: Also I hurt my knees when I fell some six years ago. The right knee gives me trouble.
Customer: But it is the pain in the legs st night particularly if it is col, that sometimes wakes me up at night.
Customer: I ve tried taking more clacium and magnesium and it doesnhelp a bit, but mostly I very oftern need massage and ointments.
Customer: thats it
Dr S.A.Alam :

Any tests done ?

Customer: No, I wouldnt know which ones.
Dr S.A.Alam :

any reports you have ?

Customer: No, physicians have said the muscles and joints are all right,
Dr S.A.Alam :

Did they tested ? like x rays ?

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any pain killers prescribed ?

Customer: Yes, the knees
Dr S.A.Alam :

Do you the report.

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were they normal ?

Customer: I d rather not take painkillers but go to the rot of the problem
Customer: root of problem, though it is s rotten problem
Dr S.A.Alam :

Only X rays and MRI can help to find the root of the problem.

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and blood tests like calcium and phosphate levels

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to see if the bones are weak...

Customer: what ia MRI?
Dr S.A.Alam :

It is a sort of scan

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called magnetic resonance imaging

Customer: Ah, yes the bones..
Dr S.A.Alam :

It helps to see the joint and soft tissues which the X rays can miss.

Dr S.A.Alam :

I would recommend these tests if you really want to find the root cause.

Customer: I see. Does rheumatsm affect the whole lrgs or only parts of them?
Dr S.A.Alam :

If mainly effects the joints

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as the nerves passing through these joints can be pressed

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so symptoms can mimic like muscular pain

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So it is important to get the tests that i had mentioned to make sure it is not arthritis

Customer: Ah, joints. Is there anything I can use to put on the legs, without taking medicines?
Dr S.A.Alam :

as the arthritis can damage the joints at rapid pace if not dealt with timely.

Dr S.A.Alam :

You can use over counter pain killers creams like voltral.

Customer: I see, so it could be arthritis. What brings arthritis on?
Dr S.A.Alam :

you can use warm or cold compresses to help the pain.

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Age, family history

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can bring on arthritis

Customer: What can I eat to help arthritis then?
Dr S.A.Alam :

Well, calcium and chondritin sulphate can help

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to slow the progress

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Although there are no large trials on these

Customer: Ok
Dr S.A.Alam :

but i have found them to be effective in my practice.

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You have questions ?

Customer: Do you know any Web sites that advise on what foods to eat for a conditon? Like I know about calcium foods buy not condroitin foods.
Dr S.A.Alam :

let me check.

Dr S.A.Alam :

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/basics/alternative-medicine/con-20034095

Dr S.A.Alam :

see this web link from mayo clinic.

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it has some info on the diet supplements that can help.

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You have questions ?

Customer: No, this was useful, thank you, doctor.
Dr S.A.Alam :

You are welcome.

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It was nice to have chat with you.

Customer: For me too, bye
Dr S.A.Alam :

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