||[Jul. 21st, 2009|02:45 am]
The Question Club
Dear Dr. ElJay... |
If you are overweight, do you have a lot of pain and stiffness in your joints? Not so much once you've started walking around and doing things, but after you've been at rest for a while? Or if you spend the day gardening, do your back, knees, and feet regret it most heinously the next morning? Do your joints seem to "freeze up" on you when you've been sitting/lying down for a period of time?
I have all of those issues, and I'm worried it's arthritis or something like that... but my doctor can't see past the fact I'm overweight and blames all of my problems on that. I'm okay with that, if that's really what the problem is, but idk... would pain due to overweight be worse first thing in the morning/after getting up from being at rest and get better with motion and movement, only to worsen with the next rest period?
Edit: Also, wanted to add... joints that aren't weight-bearing on me are affected, too. Like my fingers and wrists, and neck. They're not as bad, but they do get stiff after I don't use them for a while and they hurt.
Hm... I think I need a second opinion, but I'm worried every doctor is just going to look at me and say, "Well, lose 50 pounds and if you still have those problems, then we'll talk."