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Joint Pain for 9 Months...2 Doctors and No Diagnosis Yet. HELP!!!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 21, 2011
  • 06:54 AM

Hello all!

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read this...I really appreciate all of your support and thoughtfulness.

A little about myself and my symptoms...For about the past 9 months I have been experiencing some significant pain on the outside of my left wrist, which has not seemed to get any better or worse, no matter if I rest it, take NSAIDS, massage it, apply ice or heat, etc. Also, I've developed similar pain in both my knees (the inner part of the knee...not meaning "inside" the knee, but rather meaning anterior) over the past 5 months. The pain is persistant and chronic, and sometimes just drains all of the energy out of me. Somedays are better than others, and even sometimes it seems like it will go away for a week or two, but then come back 10x worse out of nowhere and last for weeks or even months. I sometimes feel very sad and hopeless because I really do feel physically limited and I am only 21 years old :(. I try to stay as positive as possible, but it can be so frustrating sitting around in pain, wondering what on earth is going on inside your body. I have never had any significant joint damage nor injury. Also, I am very healthy and active and in good shape. For the longest time I thought I was over exerting myself when I would exercise, but after taking significant periods of time off weightlifting and strenuous exercise, I've began to realize that the problem may be more serious than just feeling "sore".

I've seen both my family doc and a rheumatologist about these pains ive been having and ive tested negative for lymes, lupus, low Testosterone, thyroid, RA factor, and CPP. Ive also gotten multiple general blood chem panels, kidney function, general inflammation markers and everything has been totally normal. My rheumatologist literally had no advice for me (which was extremely frustrating) and just told me to take NSAIDs as needed, despite the fact that I told him that all of the OTC meds were not really helping much. Then I decided to ask my girlfriends father, whom is an Orthopedic Surgeon, about the issue. He was unsure of what to diagnosis, but at least referred me to see a more respectable and knowledgeable rheumatologist and instructed me to take 2 naproxen sodium twice daily for 10 days to see if it clears up any long standing inflammation.

I am scheduling to see another rheumatologist because I am suspecting that I may have psoriatic arthritis, considering that my father has a mild form of psorasis and I have been getting these scaly, flaky, itchy patches of skin on my scalp and neary my eyes and eyebrows every once in a while. However, I really have no idea about this condition, but it seems to be the only thing that I have found through all of the research I have been conducting online.

Also, I am not taking any medications or supplements that would cause these issues.

If anyone has any suggestions or advice, I will eagerly listen! Thank you so much again for taking the time to read this and I look forward to your advice and ideas.

My best wishes to everyone!

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