I am a 57 year old woman who previously has been extremely healthy and active. About 7 months ago I woke up feeling as if I had done some very intense exercise the day before - which I hadn't. Since then I have had constant pain in varying degrees. The pain has moved around my body from my neck to my hips and knees. Recently it seems to have settled into my hips. In addition to the pain I have when walking, I often have a different kind of pain which manifests itself even when I am sitting or lying down. It is a deep ache inside my legs (not my hips).
I have seen two doctors and am waiting for a referral to a rheumatologist - something that is taking months and months. I have had all the tests in the book and all except the one for sedimentation rate have come back negative. The sed rate has been somewhat elevated which indicates some degree of inflammation. I apparently do not have lupus, RA, Lyme disease or anything else they can test for. I have tried a lot of different medications, including cortisone, but the one that seems to help the best is diclofinac. I have just started taking something called Serrapeptase which also seems to help.
Does anyone have any brilliant ideas that I can take to my doctor, who is as frustrated as I am? This is affecting my "quality of life" and I'd sure like to get over it.
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