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22 Year Old Male: Chronic Pain and Degenerative Lumbar Arthritis

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  • Posted By: AndrewReilly
  • October 1, 2009
  • 02:26 AM

Hi everyone,

I am looking for some diagnostic suggestions, because I am beginning to get frustrated.

I have a plethora of pain symptoms and no answers. Symptoms have accumulated over time.

I am rheumatoid factor negative, negative for HLA-B27 marker (correlation with ankylosing spondylitis...was actually disappointed because this disease covers almost all of my symptoms). Disappointed because I JUST want a diagnosis.

Timeline:

13-14 years old: Symmetrical, tender (meaning while walking AND to the touch) pain interior knees. Crippling off-and-on butt muscle spasm causing me to quit soccer. Leg-length discrepancy suspected. Orthotic just made problems worse.

15-17: Symmetrical, tender pain on lateral regions of pelvis at the bony points. Quite painful to poke, seems to be inflamed CONSTANTLY.

18-20: Constant lower back pain. Mid-back spasms. Constant sacroiliac inflammation. Severe depression, eventually resolved with medication.

22: X-Ray revealed degenerative changes to the lumbar spine, including spinal stenonis and arthritis. Consistent chiropractic care for a month and a half did nothing, possibly made problems worse.

General fatigue - must drink a pot of coffee a day for energy. Coffee makes pain slightly better temporarily.

CHEST 'tissue' pain starting off and on at age 20, gradually getting worse. Originally thought to be from working out, seems not to be the case as pain is now constant despite lack of straining exercise.

My friends, help me please. I walk with a constant limp, and everyone notices. It makes me feel strange in public.

Best,

Andrew

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