- CASE FILE
I've been in nearly constant pain in my joints since I can remember. Nothing else seems to be wrong, but there is almost always some pain.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Ever since before I could remember, I've been experiencing joint pain. My family has told me that I've been expressing discomfort for most of my life. Doctors ran the same blood tests several times throughout my childhood and came up empty-handed each time before saying it was growing pains and it would stop. The pain and swelling in my joints started in my ankles, but now occurs across most joints in my body. Doctors advised me to lose weight, eat healthier, and work out more, all of which made seemingly no positive impact on my joint pain. Several doctors have told me to see a psychiatrist and made it very clear they don't believe I'm truly in pain. I still try to make healthy decisions, but the pain definitely limits what I am capable of doing. I've gotten MRIs and Xrays of several joints, several blood tests throughout my childhood and adolescence, only for one test to come back with elevated Anti-nuclear Antibodies, only for the doctor who ordered the tests to move practices away from where I could continue to see her. I am ready to find something that can help the pain be more bearable, so that I don't limp regularly, and so that I'm able to keep up with those around me.