I am a 17 year-old with major joint pains. So far, the pain has been basically constant for about 4 or 5 years. It started in my wrists, hands, ankles, and neck, but has since then spread to all of my joints. It has been getting steadily worse, to the point where now I have trouble doing some things (like playing a musical instrument) without my joints locking, and it recently got to the point once where I could barely move without crying from the pain. My doctors have spent several years trying to write it off as tendinitis. I've been tested for several things (I've had a SED rate test and have been tested for lupus for the third time about a week ago and who knows how many blood test for who knows what) and everything has come back normal. I've been to a rheumatologist, but she didn't give me a diagnosis. Here are a few of my usual symptoms:
Joint pains/joints locking
Muscle tension (only in the neck)
(not common but very painful) shoots of pain from my back to an appendage (usually my arms)
Joints popping (which is painful but they normally work better afterward)
I know these are probably very common symptoms, but I can already rule several things out. I don't have rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or any inflammatory disorder. Inflammation has never shown up on any of my blood tests. I'm not anemic (for some reason they tested me for that a lot of times). I haven't injured my joints in any way that I'm aware of. I don't have fibromyalgia because my joints aren't sensitive to the touch usually (unless I'm getting the shooting pains) I think my doctor ruled out Addison's disease, but I'm not sure about that one.
I've tried many many many different medications in hopes that maybe one will help. None of the over the counter ones worked, none of the NSAIDs worked (understandable since there was no inflammation) and Tylenol with Codeine didn't work. In fact, the only thing that helped even a little was the corticosteroid, and that made my back hurt (adrenal glands, maybe? They would be in the right place). I'm confused and my doctor is stumped. I'm not asking for a diagnosis, but some new ideas would be much appreciated.
Thanks a lot,
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