What causes pain in multiple joints? There are many potential causes of joint pain. It may be completely harmless but it’s vital to see a skilled rheumatologist, like Dr Naveen Bhadauria, who can accurately diagnose your joint pain and rule out anything more sinister.
We find the majority of people with multiple joint pains will have mechanical wear and tear, what we refer to as osteoarthritis. This is when the cartilage between the joints breaks down over time from use and is strongly associated with ageing.
However, some will have rheumatoid arthritis which is a highly damaging condition that needs to be diagnosed as early as possible. This inflammatory condition is immune mediated which means it’s caused by the immune system attacking the joints.
Other causes of multiple joint pain
Multiple joint pain (polyarthralgia) could also be caused by gout, low vitamin D levels, underactive thyroid and even viral infections. It can also be due to a chronic pain syndrome such as fibromyalgia. Although more rare, it could even be a sign of more serious illnesses like cancer.