Joint pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'. 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:
|Gluten Sensitivity||4%||Ruled out|
|Low Estrogens||1%||Ruled out|
|Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)||1%||Ruled out|
|Copper Toxicity||1%||Ruled out|
Do you have pain, stiffness or swelling in any of your joints that is not associated with a past injury or abuse?
Possible responses:→ 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
Joint pain is a possible symptom of environmental illness.
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.
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.
Chronic arthritis (swollen and painful joints) could indicate sarcoidosis.