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Joint pain starting at 20

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  • Posted By: galixies
  • March 31, 2008
  • 11:54 PM

Shortly after I turned 20 I woke up one morning to such horribal pain and stiffness in my knees the it required 2 people to carry me down my stairs. At the ER they did a bunch of test and said that I didn't have arthritis, nothing was broken or fractured, and all my blood tests were normal. When I saw my doctor for a follow-up he ran a bunch of tests and said I was negative for arthritis, MD, and a few other things. After a while the pain started to go away and in a few months I didn't need a cane to walk so I started to put it out of my mind. I chalked it up to one of those unexplained things. About a year later I was bartending and I began to drop things. At first I thought I was being careless but it continued to get worse the numbness in my hands got so bad that no matter how hard I thought I was holding something it would fall to the floor. After about a month of this progressively getting worse I went to see a neurologist. He ran even more tests just to rule out all the same things as before and now lupis, MS, and a brain tumor. Even thoughhe did see something in my brain that he could not identify he said it was probably harmless and was in an area that shouldn't cause these symptoms. He suggested I have it looked at again in about 6 months but due to insurance issues that never happened.
Now I'm 27 years old and have been having the numbness off and on for years. I woke up yesterday to that same stiffness and pain in my knees and in the last year have had terribal headaches that nothing will deminish. I have tried everything I can think of.
If anybody has any advice please let me know because at this point I truly can't function.
Thank you

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