I had tests with my GP. I do not have artritis osteo or rheumatoid which is good. All scans and xrays showed no signs of damage apart from a tiny bit of fluid on my knees. I have days where nothing hurts and days where everything is aching and creaking. The GP put me on Naproxen twice a day when required but it doesn't seem to really do anything and if I take them for 3 or 4 days I get horrible tummy pains. GP saod we need to treat the symptoms and not the cause because they can't find anything wrong. Its causing problems at work and in my leisure time and I generally have low mood associated with people in pain. Does anyone else get this?
I began having joint pain a few years before I was 40. I waited because it was sporadic, it would linger than disappear for weeks. Finally, about 10 years later I started going to docs to try to figure out what was wrong. All I can tell you is diagnosing chronic pain is a process. I have had blood tests repeatedly for the past 12 years, have had mri's and x-rays, and have seen different specialists. In 2004 a rheumatologist diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. My mri's and x-rays showed degenerative changes, so they diagnosed osteoarthritis and said I was negative for rheumatoid. While seeing an allergy specialist for asthma, he questioned whether a recurring rash was eczema or psoriasis. So I began wondering if maybe it could be psoriatic arthritis. My GP did multiple blood tests, and suddenly I got a call saying it was positive for RA.
This was after 10 years of being told it wasn't RA. I was referred to a rheumatologist. He said based on my symptoms, he doesn't believe it is RA, perhaps Psoriatic or some other inflammatory arthritis. So 12 years later, I have several diagnoses, but not everything is completely. The "inflammatory" arthritis is being treated the same as they would treat RA or Psoriatic, with methotrexate. It helps and I have been luckily without any side effects. My symptoms and outcomes may not be exactly the same as yours. The answers do not always come quickly, but it is important to go to medical providers you trust who are willing to help you find the information you are looking for. There are a multitude of nsaids that can help with the pain and not all of them have the same effects on everyone. Most doctors are willing to try different ones until you find one that works for you with the least amount of side effects. When I first met my pain doctor, she told me to remember she works for me. If I am not happy with the treatment she is providing, I need to tell her and if she or any other doctor won't. then you need to change doctors and find one who listens to your needs. It really surprised me, but I have a very good team of doctors that communicate with one another and I feel my treatment is better because of it.
Good luck, I hope your answers come sooner, rather than later. For me the winter months are the worst with the severed cold snaps and drastic weather changes, but any drastic temp and pressure change throughout the year can increase my pain symptoms. Hopefully you can get something that diminishes the pain and inflammation without hurting your digestive system. Take care, hope you will be feeling much better soon.
I suggest you see a specialist. An immunologist or a rheumatologist who deals with a lot of autoimmune diseases.
Have you had some really extensive blood work done, to see if there's any signs of inflammation going on?
And to make sure that everything is okay, in general?
I have days where I'm perfectly fine -- and then I have days where I'm pretty much crippled by pain in my joints.
Do you have any muscle pain, as well? I have both joint and muscle pain.
A general blood test showed that I have Stage Chronic Kidney Disease, anemia, and a severe Vitamin D3 deficiency.
In my case, my GP FINALLY referred me to a rheumatologist and in my case, X-Rays do show damage in some of my joints and I have a diagnosis of 'Inflammaory Polyarthritis'. It's an autoimmune disorder.
But it took me a few years of trying to get help from doctors to finally reach this point.
And in searching for a cause for my symptoms, I've read up on enough stuff to think that you should head in that direction -- having a specialist in autoimmune disorders check you out and either rule that possibility out or figure out what kind you have.
Also, please know that depression can sometimes manifest itself as physical pain.
Of course a low mood can be caused by chronic pain -- but it can work the other way round, too!!! It's possible to not feel what we usually think of as 'depression' but rather to feel it as physical pain.
Good luck!!! I hope whatever is causing your joint pain will abate and you'll be restored to perfect health!!
It sounds like you should ask to be referred to a Rheumatologist. I don't believe GP's are good at diagnosing osteo or rheumatoid arthritis, let alone treating it. Besides its possible you may have another type of inflammatory arthritis (there are at least 70 types) or medical condition such as fibromyalgia or lupus that could be causing your pain.
Naproxen is very hard on your stomach. My orthopedic surgeon switched me to celebrex 14 years ago as it is the easiest on the gut. I also take a daily acid blocker to protect the stomach while taking this medication. Sometimes Rheumatologists also prescribe medications like Cymbalta that can help with your mood, and pain.
If I were in your position, demand that the GP refer you to a good Rheumatologist to get to the root of your medical problems.
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