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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/19/2009 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Over the past 3 or 4 years I have gotten bad joint pain. Wrists, ankles, fingers, toes, etc. Sometimes swelling, sometimes not. The pain some times controls my life. I am 28 and feel much older. I've been tested for rheumatoid arthritis & lupus 2 years ago & again this year. Both times tests are negative. (My Great grandmother, my grand mother & her sister all had RA, My brother had juvenille RA) This whole thing is making me crazy. My Dr told me to take aleeve 2Xs a day. But that does NOTHING.
This is my main problem.
But, I also have other health issue that might make sence with some other condition. I've had fatigue issuses for over 10 years now. They tested me for sleep apnea, everything was fine. I get sick easily. I have Asthma issues & headaches.
If any one can offer any help it would be apreciated. -- Thank you!

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/19/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ready

I am your age and Im sorry your having trouble!

I'm not sure about the testing process and whether that type of test you had picks up other types of Arthritis? I know with mine they diagnosed me with Juvenile Inflammatory Arthritis until they tested me for the Anky Spond marker (HLAB27) to which i was positive, turns out it was that all along, not JIA.

Keeping in mind that I am not a doctor, If the pain is controlling your life and you have had it for 3 or 4 years AND the fact that arthur runs in the family that sounds to me like SOME kind of chronic pain disease, maybe you need to be a bit more assertive with your doctor? if it is controlling your life you should get to the bottom of it. Are they running other tests or do they have any other ideas? is this your doc treating you or are you seeing a Rheumatologist?

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 8/19/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
if i were you, I would go for a second opinion. Maybe another doc would listen to you. wink good luck. Laura
Cervical spine surgery 2004, C-section 1986, Cholecystectomy 1999, Thoracic and Lumbar injury 2000. Anxiety/depression 2008. Fibromyalgia 2009, Thyroidectomy 2008. Degenerative disc disease. IBS. Asthma, Rheumitoid Arthritis, Sacroillitis, Scolylosis, disc bulge in L5/S1. Meds: Lisinophil, xoponex, symbocort, pulmocort, troponal, vitamin 2000 D, Vitamin B complex, Hydrocodone, Tylonal Arthritis, Cymbalta.

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 8/19/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ready,
Have you seen a Rheumy like Shanno suggested?
Have you had blood tests, xrays, scans, MRIs?
Just seeing what has been done for you in trying to diagnosis this - nobody needs to suffer like that.

peggy baggins
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/19/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Readyskitty,

I was going to ask the same questions that SydneyJo asked.  I know it took them 9 months to diagnois me in the end and that was only because at last I was sent to the right specialist.  I also agree with gonuts comments of getting a second opinion on this especially with all your family history plus the other issues you have. 

I have a whole list of other things wrong with me and sometimes think that they may be related?  Do lose heart, it just takes a bit of time in some cases.  Either way something isn't right is it so keep insisting your gp send you to the right person.

I hope your successful soon as it can be very frustrating.


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