My knees, ankles, wrists and fingers ache.

Patient

Q: Hi, I am a 55 year old female and my knees, ankles, wrists and fingers ache. What do you think is the problem and what can I do to help the symptoms. I am currently trying calcium, glucosamine and centrum for women 50+. Thank you

Symptoms:  My knees, ankles, wrists and fingers ache.
Doctor

A:   Thank you for contacting ask the doctor.
Multiple joint pain can have various reasons like:
- osteoarthritis ( most likely according to your age)
- ankylosing spondylitis ( presence of stiffness which improves with activity)
- infective endocarditis ( systemic symptoms of fever, rash weight loss, night sweats , heart murmur)
- reactive arthritis or crystal induced arthritis ( gout)
I recommend a visit to a physician and stopping all the over the counter self medications.
The physician would recommend x rays, blood cultures, echo, MRI or CT depending upon the clinical suspicion after physical examination.
Hope this information was useful.

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