All my joints hurt, they are swollen & sore to rub. Is this water retention?

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hi there, thank you for reading, 

i had blood work recently to rule out anything sinister in my body, as it was just caving in: nausea, tired, swelling, depression, anxiety attacks (ambulance called as I thought I was having a heart attack) I'm 53 female. The blood tests came back with great results, my doctor said keep up with what your doing your healthy. Why is it my knees (especially), and all my my joints are sore and swollen & I'm struggling to bend my knees and walk sometimes. The more I'm up is better for me, but a struggle when I'm resting. They look like I have "water on the knee" they are really puffy and sore, swelling in my ankles, fingers, tummy, even my face hurts at times. Doctor said it was stress & anxiety due to a work accident I had two years ago, my physiologist said the same as my body is taking on stress, but I can't help think that it's not. I've never had stress like this before that affected my body in such a way. Can anyone give me advice on the swelling problem please. Natural remedies, actually anything. Thanks. 

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    Hi there, as I tell everyone, I'm no MEDIC but in Pathology/ Haematology. From what you are saying, I think you should change your doctor for a start! All that pain and swelling and you're healthy?! What bloodwork did you have? Unfortunately your symptoms could mean a few things but it sounds like inflammation in your body. Did you have your ESR and FBC checked? Rheumatoid Factor on Immunology? Also your kidney and liver profile? I think the anxiety and depression are because you are worried and in a lot of discomfort. I would get a second opinion. The swelling is there for a reason and you should find out why. You need to find out if you need treatment, management or a cure. Your doctor really puzzles me.... Hope this helps. Take care.
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    Hello JessCee777

    thank you for your reply, yes today I can't even walk properly and was heading to another doctor to see what the go is. As for the blood work yes I had an FBC, the ESR it's result was 11 ( the reference states it should be between 1-32) you would probably know more than me about this, seems low. All the other blood tests my doctor said they are all fine! I am on an anti depressant called citelopram 20mg per day, I've been on this for over two months. The symptoms started about 4 weeks ago and I was asking my doctor would it be a side effect, he said with your bloods in good shape he can't see why he would change it, but may do so if the inflammation did not subside. 

    Thank you for your time if you like I can send you the results you may want to check it out yourself. Thank you for your time really appreciate your feedback. Regards Jules xx

     

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    Hi there JessCee777

    thank you so much for your reply, much appreciated. Yes I had full blood count. My ESR result came back as 11. I've looked up the abbreviations for liver and kidney and please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thinks it's AST result was 20 & ALT result was 13. As for the rheumatoid result I can't see it on my bloods unless it comes under a different abbreviation other than RA or RF, this also applies with the immunology results. Unfortunately I cannot send them on line or give you my email address to pass them on, but today I can hardly walk so I'm off to another doctor to get more tests. If you could let me know if the ESR, AST & ALT are normal? Cheers again. Regards Jules x

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    Hello JessCee777

    i also forgot to mention I am on an anti depressant call citelopram 20mg per day. I've been on this for approximately two and a half months now. These symptoms started about 4-6 weeks ago, sore muscles, then joints and has progressively got worse, hence the blood test. I did search for the side effects one of which are

     Celesta (citelopram) side effects;-

    Leg pain: a hurtful sensation in the legs that is caused by excessive stimulation of the nerve endings in the legs and results in extreme discomfort.

    Pain in Limb - Sudden, sharp, and uncontrolled leg or arm discomfort. 

    Maybe be it maybe a result in a side effect.. I will see about it today. Thanks again. Jules X 

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      Hi. Good idea to see a different doctor. All your levels are well within normal range. Re citalopram, I've been taking that myself for 4 years now 20 mg a day. I have no side effects. Citalopram is one of the newer a.d's and known for very few if any, side effects. But we're all different so mention it to your doctor. As your esr and rf seem to be normal, that could indicate the swelling is not inflammatory but as I mentioned earlier, swelling and joint pain could have other causes. There are a few conditions that can cause these symptoms without showing raised inflammatory markers.. See how it goes with doctor. Maybe he'll suggest nsaid's but thats his call. Maybe let us know how it goes? Take care :-)
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    To JessCee777

    today I went to another doctor and yes she shook her head in disbelief and said who tells someone in your condition they are suffering stress! She had a look at my blood results & also said there is nothing on here to indicate specifically for inflammation or immune system blood results (eyeballs rolling). So I go next week for more blood tests so il let you know how I go. Thanks for caring and your input. Have a happy Easter. It's Easter holidays here in Australia hence getting bloods on Tuesday. Cheers. Jules 

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