Help me. I have been in increasing pain for the last 20 years and do not have a diagnosis. I have seen all the doctors I can think of they aren't willing to give me a diagnosis and just pump me with medication which has now affected my mental state. I am in constant pain all the time in more then one place it's difficult to even get myself out of bed
Do you have anything diagnosed like arthritis or degenerative disc disease? I have had those for over 30 years, a and they were mild until 2008 when a multitude of chronic pain issues jumped on board. Keep track of every symptoms every day, no matter how minor you think it is (dizzy, headache, cramping muscles, finger pain, swelling... a few hours or minutes). Do this for at least 2 weeks or longer and see if there is a pattern. Also note what activity you're doing when they occur; sleeping (and wakes you), walking, reading, showering, etc. Take it to your PCP or a pain specialist. And hopefully they can help you narrow down to a cause (es).
As for pain meds, they all cause side effects for me, and I'm allergic to most. I do take gabapentin but due to my extreme sensitivities I'm limited on how much and how often I can take it. It and tramadol taken around the clock gives me memory issues as well as makes me slurred speaking.
Sadly for most of us it has taken years to find the cause behind many of our problems. I started with fibromyalgia symptoms in 2007 but the doc didn't officially dx me until 2010. And I had someone of Sjogrens as far back as 2000, but the main symptoms (joint pain & general all over pain with "burning-mouth" blisters) didn't surface until 2012 and I want diagnosed until 2013. And my POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) want diagnosed for 3 years because if already been diagnosed with vertigo and vestibular neuronitis.
Many illnesses share common symptoms, so being able to show documented specific symptoms you've gone through May help get answers quicker. There are plenty of symptoms tracking apps, including this one. Hugs love and prayers that you won't have to go much longer without knowing what's causing your pain.