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March 19, 2012 5:43 AM Subscribe
Am I too young to have arthritis?
posted by Arethusa to health & fitness (25 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Lately my joints, but especially my knees, have been achy and painful. If I don't sit with my legs extended straight out it eventually becomes pretty uncomfortable. It seems to be worse in my right knee than in my left.
I am 28 -- am I just starting to feel the wear and tear of age? Both of my parents have knee problems, but I don't think my mom's started until her forties, and my dad's were due to trauma.
If this is in the normal range then I'll just keep taking NSAIDs for it, otherwise I can see a doctor. Medical care here is a bit cursory though (U.S. military hospital -- always short staffed and rushed) so I'd prefer to avoid it unless it's really necessary.
I am on a beta blocker for heart palpitations and hormonal birth control, but I don't think joint pain is a side effect for those medications. (Am I wrong?) I am not overweight, but lately my only exercise has been 30 minute or so walks several times a week along with household chores.