• While arthritis is joint inflammation resulting in deformation or damage of the affected joints, there are types of joint pain that are not caused by rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.


    Whipple's disease is a bacterial infection attacking the intestines. Along with intermittent joint pain, you may experience vision problems, facial numbness and a chronic cough. Whipple's disease is cured with antibiotics, but joint pain can be a problem for years before the disease is diagnosed.

    Sjogren's Syndrome

    Sjogren's Syndrome is an inflammatory disease and is sometimes seen as a complication of other immune disorders. It usually affects the mouth, salivary glands and eyes, but can also cause joint pain.

    Behcet's Disease

    Behcet's disease inflames blood vessels and is a leading cause of blindness in Japan. It causes joint pain and attacks the brain and brain stem. Other symptoms of Behcet's disease are headaches, personality changes and strokes.

    Frozen Shoulder

    Diabetics may develop frozen shoulder from ligament and tendon inflammation. Physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications can restore range of motion within a year, but frozen shoulder may improve within 18 to 24 months without treatment.


    Vitamin B12 deficiencies associated with weight-loss surgery or Crohn's disease can trigger joint pain, along with generalized body pain. Vitamin supplements and dietary changes can ease joint pain.


    National INstutes of Health, Whipple's disease, Sjogren's Syndrome

    The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center, Behcet's Disease


    National Institues of Health, Frozen Shoulder

    National Institutes of Health, Crohn's disease

    Natonal Institues of Health, Bariatric Surgery

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