What Causes Joint Pain?
Joint pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose joint pain, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "joint pain" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Vitamin A Toxicity
- Vitamin B6 Need
- Low Estrogens
- Lupus (SLE)
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Metal Toxicity
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
having hot flashes
rapidly declining health
severe mid-right abdominal pain
recurring mouth ulcers
microcytic red cells
mood swings during menstrual cycle
major unexplained weight gain
sensitivity to bright light
poor mental clarity
history of B6 deficiency
... and more than 60 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of joint pain:
|Vitamin A Toxicity
|Vitamin B6 Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you have pain, stiffness or swelling in any of your joints that is not associated with a past injury or abuse?
→ No / don't know
→ Minor, in one or two joints
→ Minor in several joints, or moderate in one or two
→ Major in one or two joints, or moderate in several
→ Major, in several joints
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness, joint pain/swelling/stiffness or major joint pain/swelling/stiffness, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythromatosis)
|Most patients with SLE have musculoskeletal symptoms. The typical clinical manifestations are arthralgia, reported by 95% of patients, and arthritis (swollen joints) by 90%. The joints most commonly involved are the index finger, wrist and knees. Lupus is rarely accompanied by actual joint erosion.|Phosphorus Deficiency
|If you constantly feel stiff, you may be suffering from phosphorus deficiency. Phosphorus plays an important role in developing and maintaining not only healthy bones and teeth, but also joints.|Sarcoidosis
|Chronic arthritis (swollen and painful joints) could indicate sarcoidosis.|