I'm an 18 year old female, still at school (and about to sit my A levels, in fact). These past six months I've been back and forth to my local health centre, mostly seeing a different doctor each time (it's a nightmare trying to get an appointment, and unless you want to wait a month it's generally better to just take whoever you can get...). I've described symptoms to each of these doctors as follows: Joint pain (with weakness) and stiffness (worse in morning, stiffness is helped by movement, but pain is not), fingers and feet are particularly affected but also knees and elbows, swelling of fingers and swelling/tenderness of one foot in particular (affected area becomes hot and red), Nausea and low grade fever and diziness also fairly regular. Another difficult factor is that the symptoms tend to come and go; some days I feel entirely normal, and other days I'm affected by all of the above to a degree where it affects my life in a big way.
I've been back and forth, as already mentioned, and every single time I've been sent for 5/6 different blood tests, all of which have returned normal. None of the doctors have really explained what I'm being tested for, they've only told me that I'm not anemic and that they're not repeating any tests that the centre has already done (rather impressed by the sheer number of different tests they have!)
I'm getting frustrated, and meanwhile my symptoms (when they do appear) are worsening (to the point where I can't write and using a knife and fork becomes difficult). Please, please... any suggestions?
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