What Causes Growing Pain Sensations in Adults?
The pain sensation in your legs is called “growing pains”. You may have experienced it when you were young or even now. There are many theories about its cause but no one knows for sure. Some say that it’s due to a buildup of lactic acid inside your body, which eventually leads to muscle breakdown and pain. Others believe that it’s caused by inflammation of nerves causing the nerve endings to fire off too frequently causing pain. Still others think that it’s caused by scar tissue that builds up around the nerves leading to numbness and tingling sensations. However, there isn’t any evidence to support these theories.
Some people with fibromyalgia experience both types of pain simultaneously. They may feel a combination of the two types of pain at different times during their day-to-day lives. Some researchers believe that they could have multiple conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder characterized by joint swelling, stiffness, tenderness and pain. It affects approximately 1% of the population. The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, however, several factors are thought to contribute to its development including genetic predisposition, environmental exposures and/or immune system dysfunction.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of conditions affecting the digestive system. It involves the colon and small intestine. The main types of inflammatory bowel disease are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both are lifelong conditions that can be debilitating. They can affect people of any age, but they most commonly occur in people in their teens and twenties and people in their fifties and sixties.
In most patients, the cause of IBD is unknown. Certain factors appear to increase the risk of developing Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, such as genetics, abnormal immune system, and microbiomal infections. Gestation and poor nutrition are other risk factors. Most cases of inflammatory bowel diseases occur suddenly and without warning. The first symptoms are usually diarrhea and abdominal pain that is aggravated by food and improves after defecation (bowel movement).
Bloody stools, vomiting and weight loss are also symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
In some patients with inflammatory bowel disease, the following organs may also be affected: Eyes, skin, joints, liver, and nerves. Most patients have only one or two diseased tracts in the digestive tract. However, a few patients may have widespread disease that affects the entire digestive tract from the mouth to the rectum.
Inflammatory bowel diseases are lifelong diseases. There is no cure for inflammatory bowel disease, treatment is directed towards relieving the symptoms and maintaining a patient’s quality of life. Medications such as steroids, immunosuppressive agents, and biologic therapies are used to treat all types of inflammatory bowel disease, however, these drugs have many side effects and do not provide a cure. Immunomodulators and antibiotics may be used to treat associated conditions and infections. Some patients may need surgery to remove diseased portions of the intestines.
Research studies on inflammatory bowel disease and its treatments are ongoing.
Other Types Of Arthritis: In some cases, symptoms of fibromyalgia may be caused by other rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Other Types Of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: In some cases, symptoms of fibromyalgia may be caused by other inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
Who gets fibromyalgia and why?
Nobody really knows what causes fibromyalgia. It is likely a combination of physical, mental and environmental factors that may trigger the disorder.
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