I'm 20yrs old, and have been fighting arthritis for about a year now. It started by large swelling in my foot, but after moving slowly to my ankle, rapidly progressed to the rest of my body. It's in every joint now, especially periferal, and only minorly affects my spine and SI joint. So, the problem is all the Dr's I talked to thought it was AS from the symptoms and a family History, until they got an MRI back that had no evidence of spinal fusion etc.. My Rheum. has settled on rhematoid as a running diagnosis, but thats just to get health coverage, since it doesn't have all the necessary symptoms (symmetry and joint fusion etc.). This is causing us problem since he can't get coverage for biologicals to treat AS and are really just putting me on every med possible until they can slow it down. Some of these meds have been over a year now and I'm beginning to worry about the effect of the high dose on my body (prednisone and the high amount of tramacet for example).
Does anybody here have a simular experience, or any knowledge that would help me?
Thanks for reading, even if you don't respond.
Hope your evening is going better than mine.
Meds: Naproxen, prednisone, methotrexate, tramadol & tramacet.