Almost everyone is familiar enough with joint pain. However, many people are not sure about the causes. In older people, osteoarthritis may cause joint pain that gets worse with time. Injury is also one of the main causes of pain in the joints. While common, osteoarthritis and injury are not the only joint pain contributors.
Joint Inflammation as a Result of Gout
One of the main causes of inflammation of the joints is formation of crystals as a result of uric acid build-up. At first, it affects the big toe before moving on to the ankles and the knees. Excessive consumption of alcohol, eating a lot of purine-rich foods including seafood and meat as well as overweight problems are some of the main culprits for the onset of joint pain. However, it may still affect you if there is a history of the disease in your family. Once diagnosis confirms its presence, your doctor may prescribe pain-relieving medication aimed at combating the inflammation.
Widespread Pain Caused by Fibromyalgia
The precise cause of fibromyalgia is not known. However, there are suggestions that it may be a result of unusual changes in the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. The changes trigger the central nervous system to send out pain messages throughout the body. Apart from joint pain, you may experience headaches, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. While it is thought to be genetically inheritable, some of the conditions that seem to trigger its onset include physical or emotional stress.
Tick Bites which Cause Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi (carried by ticks). While many people assume that the disease can only affect people living in such areas as the East Coast, the truth is that it is found in many countries as well as many parts of the United States. In addition to a fever or a headache, the most common symptoms of Lyme disease include joint pain. Lyme disease imitates other conditions (such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple sclerosis), and needs careful diagnosis for early treatment.
Reaction to Medication
Medicines are aimed at offering relief from health conditions. However, the presence of some types of medicines in your body may trigger inflammatory reactions. Besides joint pain, other symptoms of such reactions may include reddening of the eyes, skin rash, and GI irritation. Once you notice this combination of symptoms, it is important to let your doctor know when they set in and when you began taking new medication.
There are many causes of joint pain, ranging from the most common to rare conditions such as Behçet’s syndrome and Henoch-Schönlein purpura, which cause blood vessel inflammation. While most of them are simple and can be easily treated, others are grave. For instance, joint pain can be a sign of presence of bone cancer, especially when a tumor crops up near a joint. Luckily, most of the conditions causing joint pain are easily treatable provided that you see your doctor as soon as you notice them.