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What causes joint pain? 101 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

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Tendinitis

Tendonitis causes acute pain that makes it difficult to move the affected joint. Learn about treatments.

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

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23

Swine Flu

Swine flu, or H1N1, is highly contagious and can spread quickly from person to person. A simple sneeze may cause thousands of germs to spread through the air. Symptoms are similar to regular influenza.

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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infectious condition transmitted via tick bite. A "bull's eye" rash at the site of the bite is an early symptom of this disease.

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Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)

Reiter's syndrome produces inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joints due to infection elsewhere in the body. Symptoms include mouth ulcers, painful urination, and urethral discharge.

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease and the most common type of lupus. One of its common symptoms is a rash on the cheeks and nose called a "butterfly rash."

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Infectious (Septic) Arthritis

Infectious arthritis occurs when an infection, caused by a bacteria or virus, spreads to a joint or the fluid surrounding the joint (synovial fluid).

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Baker's (Popliteal) Cyst

A popliteal cyst, also known as a Baker's cyst, is a fluid-filled swelling that causes a lump at the back of the knee.

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Sarcoidosis

Learn about sarcoidosis and its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and potential complications.

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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. It occurs when the lining of the large intestine (colon or bowel) and the rectum become inflamed.

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Paget's Disease of the Bone

A typical human skeleton consists of 206 bones. Bones are constantly being broken down and rebuilt. If this process is altered, bones can break down and re-form abnormally and in ways that compromise the integrity o...

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Polio

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus that attacks the body's nervous system. It is most likely to be contracted by children under five years old.

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Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is common in children. It causes a red rash on the arms, legs, and cheeks, and a virus called parvovirus B19 causes it.

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Temporal Arteritis

Temporal arteritis occurs when the temporal arteries, which supply blood to the head and brain, become inflamed or damaged. It's also called giant cell arteritis.

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Psoriasis Overview

Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontagious skin disease characterized by red patches of skin often accompanied by silvery-white scales of dead skin cells. It may occur anywhere on the body.

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Infectious Mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, refers to a group of symptoms usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

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Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland produces a hormone that controls how your cells use energy (metabolize). Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn't produce enough. Untreated, it can cause complications like obesity and heart disease.

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Ganglion Cysts

A ganglion is a mass of biological tissue. A ganglion cyst is a round, fluid-filled lump.

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Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Learn how familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a genetic disorder characterized by high levels of cholesterol.

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Acromegaly

Acromegaly is a rare hormonal condition caused by an excess amount of growth hormone in the body. It leads to excessive growth.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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