I have a little bit of a predicament in which I would appreciate some input for. Please help or offer advice if you can.
I have had joint pain for at least 2 years. At first, I had shooting pain for about
a year that was all over my body, and was not connected to any one area. The joint pain started along with the shooting pain, originating out in my knees and ankles, then moving to my wrists, then basically spread everywhere. I wake up in the morning, and can't grip things until i pop both my wrists and all of my fingers. I also occasionally have numbed hands when i wake up. My joint pain has progressed to the point where I can't do a lot of walking, because my knees, ankles, and hips give out, get stuck, or just hurt too much. I can't run at all because my ankles seize up and get stuck in a bent position that hurts like hell. Squatting or kneeling so that my ankles are bent more than a little bit is absolutely horrible, because my ankles easily stick in that position so that I can't stand up but while I'm stuck in that position, it also is extremely painful. I am not able to be very active because of how my joints react, and have practically been forced to stop all athletics because of it.
I have to pop all of my joints every few hours, some more often than that, and when I mean all my joints, I mean my jaw, neck, back, shoulders, elbows, wrists fingers, hips, knees ankles and toes. I also have to sometimes pop the bones in my feet. I don't so much pop them because I can, but because if I don't, pressure builds up in them so that I eventually can't do things such as straighten my arm because my elbow has gotten stuck in a bent position.Some joints like my wrists, ankles, hips, and shoulders never stop popping, and before I do anything, I have to pop them because they become stuck extremely easily. Things like going up stairs or walking for long periods of times are nearly impossible most of the time.
I'm sure most of you are familiar with problems such as these, so I won't continue on, but I need a bit of help figuring out a couple of things. Firstly, I am under 18, and as most know, arthritis is extremely rare in minors. The thing that makes this more odd is the fact that the blood tests for Junior Arthritis came back negative. I'm assuming that's the same testing that is done for rheumatoid arthritis, or similar enough that they would notice if I had it. I have also been tested for Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, cancer, and other various diseases that could easily explain my pain. All tests have come back negative, and everything doctors normally check for in blood looks normal.
Since I'm a minor, my medical treatment plan rests in the hands of my parents, which is where I'm at a loss. My mother doesn't think doctors know anything, so after we got the main diseases I could have disproved, she won't take me to see anymore doctors. She's convinced that either it's my diet that is causing my problems or my exercise that is. My diet is not extremely healthy, but I eat better than most people I know, and as for my exercise activities, I am not really able to do much of anything with my joints as they are, but I get a decent amount of walking done between school and work. Before they progressed to be this bad, I did exercise quite a bit during sports. The joints were what caused me to stop those. Because both my diet and exercise plan don't seem to explain why my all of my joints are the way they are, I'm hoping you guys will have some suggestions for things I can research or get checked out for having.
So in addition to posting possible illnesses I could have, or just things I can look into, I would also appreciate any advice given on ways to decrease the pain or any generally useful advice you might have.
Thanks in advance.
Post Edited (Cynic) : 12/27/2008 11:05:36 PM (GMT-7)