Your joints are part of the locomotor system of the human body, and you can move thanks to them. However, sometimes they may hurt.
The first thing to know is that there’s no single reason for this, but there may, in fact, be several causes.
In today’s article, we tell you the most common of these.
This is one of the most common reasons that your joints may hurt.
If you had a wound that was not cleaned properly, it may have become infected with common bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus.
At first, you’ll feel pain, then the fever and chills caused by the infection will appear. In this case, medical intervention is necessary. Your doctor will most often prescribe antibiotics intravenously to fight the bacteria.
It’s important to seek specialized help. If you don’t, the infection could get worse and spread to the rest of you body causing sepsis, which can be fatal.
The good news is that medical treatment is very simple, easy to carry out and cheap if it’s sought in time.
When you consume too much protein, the body produces uric acid as part of the metabolic process to eliminate it.
Unfortunately, if your protein intake is really high it won’t be properly removed from the body. This means that the protein will build up, which causes swelling in the joints.
This condition is called gout. Its symptoms are:
- Heat in the affected area
- Sensitivity to touch
- Redness in the affected area
It’s important to know that a high intake of protein is not the only reason for this condition, but one of the main ones.
Other factors associated with gout and those that cause your joints to hurt are alcohol consumption, eating too much sugar and being overweight.
To avoid this problem simply eat well and lead a healthy lifestyle.
3. Lyme disease
Lyme disease is another reason why your joints may hurt. It is an infectious disease caused by getting bitten by an infected tick.
This disease occurs when the tick extracts blood from a person and passes on a bacterium.
- Body aches
- Neck stiffness
- Tiredness or fatigue
If you think you may have this problem, you need to go to the doctor to get a correct diagnosis.
Fortunately, antibiotic treatment is enough to eliminate the infection and to prevent it from spreading to other joints and internal organs.
Lupus is classified as an autoimmune disease and may be another reason why your joints hurt.
Furthermore, if it’s not treated properly, it can affect all your joints.
This is a typical consequence of this disease because the immune system attacks different parts of the body as if they were external harmful agents.
This means that lupus can affect the joints, skin, blood, kidneys, heart, lungs and other organs.
People with this disease may suffer from:
- Hair loss
- Mouth sores
- Breathing problems
- Memory problems
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that affects the genitals and joints and causes what is known as gonococcal arthritis.
If you have this disease and your joint hurts you should talk to your gynecologist to see if you need a change of treatment.
If you’re not sure whether you have it but you have or have had a very active sex life without taking precautions, you should pay attention to the following symptoms:
- Lower abdominal and joint pain
- Pain in the hands and wrists due to swelling
- A burning when urinating
6. Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is another possible reason why your joints may hurt.
This type of arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized primarily by swelling and morning stiffness in the joints.
Other symptoms may include fever, fatigue, and weight loss.
Rheumatoid arthritis usually begins mildly and, over time, can lead to deformities in the hands.
Treatment lasts a long time and involves:
The ideal option is to treat it from the beginning so that its effects are the least uncomfortable possible.
7. Repetitive movements
It’s possible that the reasons for joint pain mentioned above have nothing to do with you.
In that case, you should pay attention to your movements. This will help you find out if you’re doing the same motions in the area that now hurts or feels uncomfortable.
Sometimes, we get so accustomed to certain activities that we no longer notice them. Moreover, we’re even less likely to associate them with the health problems that we have.
Repetitive movement can cause:
- Tendinitis. This describes the swelling of the tendon that connects the muscle to the bone. It prevents the joint from moving properly.
- Swelling of the ligaments. The ligaments are part of the locomotor system and their damage can compromise the movement of the joints.
If you’ve noticed that your joints hurt, we recommend that you consult your doctor to determine the reason and find the solution.
At the beginning, maybe you’ll think that nothing will happen. However, over time, the problems you have can escalate and even affect your daily life.
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