I am a 19 year old male in pain, and my symptoms have lasted quite a while. I remember playing soccer in 7th grade and having problems with leg pain, but it never prevented me from running. Today, I can't dream of running. In 9th grade, I had to stop playing soccer from extreme butt muscle tightness. From then on, I started becoming less active because of my pain, and my 12th grade I started experiencing back pain and even a few spasms. Leg pain has also intensified since, and occurs in many places (but specific areas) on BOTH legs. I have extreme tenderness in both my MCL knee areas that make my legs hard to bend after periods of inactivity (especially when I'm laying in bed). I can feel pain when I tap on these areas. My hips are both very tender on the bone, which makes walking particularly difficult and causes me to hobble during pain episodes. Tapping on these areas also causes pain. The hip pain is worse after inactivity, but is also the most persistant pain which is almost always existent. My butt muscle pain is HORRIBLE in the morning and makes getting out of bed a chore. My back pain is mostly restricted to the lower parts and its prevalence is more cyclical. These are the main areas of pain, and my upper body and lower body below the knees are generally in pretty good condition. Lifting weights isn't really a problem, nor is swimming. I should mention I have generalized stiffness for a couple hours after I wake up. I am also tired and weak feeling a lot, despite getting enough sleep. My mind often has trouble functioning for many hours after getting up. Even though I believe I am relatively bright, it seems like my brain waves are generally slower than other people. Lastly, I suffer from depression that can result in pretty low-lows. X-rays and MRIs have yielded nothing. I've done physical therapy for a couple of months now with no improvement. I am at a loss, and life is getting less and less enjoyable. This is definitely getting dehibilitating. I'm starting to think this is rheumatic and not orthopedic, but have no idea. Anyone else have any ideas?
Thanks so much