Hi everyone, I’m here hoping that someone can point me in the right direction.
I started getting pain in my shoulder about 10 years ago, gradually the pain has spread to most of the joints in my body. I have seen several doctors over the years and all but one said I didn’t have arthritis, usually commenting on my age (I’m late 30’s). eventually one referred me to the joint specialist who looked at the joints in my hand and wrist and said I didn’t have arthritis, and my pain was probably just due to my job. Manual labour from 18 to 35, now I have a desk job, and that my joints were just wearing out!!! All the usual blood tests prove negative.
I do also have psoriasis, but again, the doctors say I don’t have psoriatic arthritis.
I’m taking Diclofenac for the pain at the moment, which reduces it to a dull ache.
The biggest trigger for the pain is shock to a joint. Yesterday, my 18 month old son hit my thumb with a toy, this morning it is bruised, but more to the point, I could hardly get out of bed today, the pain was in every joint. It seems to happen that way, that if I jar or have an impact to a joint, every joint in my body reacts to it.
Is this a common occurrence, or does it lead to a certain condition? I’ve lost faith with the doctors I’ve seen, as they are very dismissive and treat me like I am making something from nothing, but in reality, some days the pains so high, I’m reduced to staying in bed and left feeling very nauseous.
Since seeing the specialist (about 2 years ago), my finger joints are now showing signs of swelling ands disfigurement that I associate with arthritis.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for taking the time to read.