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28 year old Male here.
About 5 weeks ago I started to get a burning sensation in my right elbow, which I didn't think anything of. Over the next few days it spread to my knees and ankles and within the last month it feels as though it's spread to most of the joints in my body. It's worse when I'm not moving, ie, when I start waking in the morning, for the hour before I actually get up I'll toss and turn in my sleep to try and take pressure off of the burning joints, alternating between each side and then my back. It's fairly constant and although activity seems to lessen it, I can feel it in the joints if I put them under any strain (walking for a while I'll feel it in my lower back and knees, typing on a keyboard and my wrists will start to burn, lean forward in my chair and my lower back will flare up, carrying a light bag of shopping and I'll feel it in my elbow/wrist/fingers etc.) The sensation seems to be continuing to spread. in the last few days my neck has started to have a low grade burn and one of my shoulders has now joined in. The severity during the day is similar to a very localised sun burn around each joint, but on waking it feels more like a friction burn in the joint that is under most stress and is quite uncomfortable. My joints have also been clicking a lot lately, which is making me nervous about lots of movement, although the joints only feel a tiny bit more stiff than usual. I haven't seen a doctor about it yet as I've been having some stomach issues for the past 6 months and feel like I've been backwards and forwards to the Dr's office enough lately. Which is why I've been waiting to see how it progresses. As it stands, and I hope I'm not tempting fate, the burning and discomfort is bearable, it just concerns me that it is continuing to spread, despite me not doing anything particularly active. I had a blood test this morning to check my blood count (which won't pick up inflammation and was originally arranged to check up on a low white blood cell count to see if it has returned to normal) I finally gave in after the blood test and booked an appointment, however, the next available appointment at the surgery is 3 weeks today. God bless the NHS.
My question is, does anyone have any idea what's going on? And should I be more worried. If I hadn't been to the doctors so much already, I'd have probably already been in to see someone. Like I said, if it wasn't continuing to spread, I wouldn't be as worried, but as the sensation is now in most of my joints and to be honest, is gently increasing in severity, it is starting to concern me quite a bit. I'd love to hear from anyone who has experienced anything similar or who has an idea what it might be? Should I be worried about lupus or RA?
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