- CASE FILE
Pain in all joints for five years, been to many doctors and clinics but still no diagnosis.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I was the athlete of the family – soccer, basketball, running, weights, etc. and was about to graduate from UVA. One day one hip started hurting, then the other hip, then one shoulder, one knee, the other knee, the other shoulder, elbows, wrists, ankles, neck, etc. My pain has become such that it’s made me disabled. I had a job waiting at Amazon but couldn’t do it. I can barely walk a few feet, can’t drive, can’t use a keyboard or text on a phone. I cannot even feed myself because of my elbows. I cannot stand for more than a couple of minutes. When I sit or lay down, my joints need to be cushioned to certain angles (that change often) so that the pain is bearable. I have seen many doctors of all specialties and been checked for Rheumatoid arthritis, lyme disease, nerve pain, etc. I have been to many clinics and hospitals, including Mayo, John Hopkins, Boston General, George Washington, Georgetown, INOVA, etc. but a diagnosis has not been found. My joints get inflamed and my tendons frayed but nobody has determined why. Treatments and therapies and even surgeries only provide temporary relief or make it worse. My pain does not even respond to pain killers, including opioids. My symptoms show tendinitis, effusion and subluxation of joints but the root cause is a mystery.