- CASE FILE
Undiagnosed chronic rheumatological autoimmune disorder that is causing chronic joint pain and deterioration of connective tissue.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I am seeking help because I've seen more than 10 specialists and no one has been able to help me or accurately diagnose my ailment.
I feel pain and discomfort in most of the joints of my body including my jaw. I have muscle pain in my upper back and have lost connective tissue around my joints and lost the fat padding in my hands and feet which makes walking hard, my feet super sore and achey all the time, not to mention making gripping objects difficult.
My medical issues have impacted my life by preventing me from doing the things I once liked, like walking long distances, running, playing with my dog in the park, socializing (especially where there walking or a lot of standing involved). I'm also scared to eat my regular healthy foods for fear it could cause a flare up. I haven't had coffee, alcohol processed food, or desserts in months due to being so fearful it will cause a flare up of symptoms. I've never been on some many pharmaceuticals in my life and am taking at least 15 different supplements, all promising different results which never helps what ails me.
I've seen maybe 15 different specialists and everyone looks at me like, "Unless it's clear cut in your labs, good luck!" No one is willing to investigate and go the extra mile. I have gotten so many referrals that has led me nowhere. I practically had to beg my rheumatologist for an MRI of my left foot where symptoms first showed up. When that came back with damage to the fat pads in my feet and some edema in my big toe, I was taken a bit more seriously and immediately put on Methotrexate and Plaquenil to begin suppressing my immune system. I have been taking this for more than 4 months but the pain is still with me and fluctuates throughout the day.
I've tried everything under the sun to help my body heal from acupuncture, massage, reflexology, cryotherapy, chiropractic work, counseling, functional medicine, taking expensive supplements, etc. to no avail.