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Constant pain since high school

Apr 20, 2018 9:48 PM

I've had constant joint pains for several years now and every time I've asked to doctors to do some tests they tell me there's no need because it's only growing pains and they'll soon go. I'm 21 now and it shows now signs of getting better in fact it is just getting worse and it's so bad most days that I've been contemplating suicide because of the absolute agony I'm in. I'm luck if I get 3-4 hours sleep a night and I'm just not coping well with it anymore

Apr 20, 2018 9:55 PM

Sorry I deleted some of this off by mistake: I doubt I ever actually would take my own life but the fact that the thought has crossed my mind worries me.

Apr 21, 2018 7:18 AM

Your pain is not growing pains, since you're now 21 and done physically growing. Can you get a referral to a rheumatologist? If not, you may need to try and find another family physician who will try to find a reason for your pain.

Apr 21, 2018 8:35 AM

Rheumatologist for sure!

Apr 21, 2018 9:26 AM

SMD97 do you have any other symptoms in addition to the joint pain? (examples: are your joints flexible, do you have stretchy skin, do your joints swell when they hurt). This may help members of our community give you some ideas of what may be wrong, and give you ways of easing some of the symptoms.

Apr 22, 2018 1:25 AM

My skin doesn't seem any different from anyone else's in terms of stretchiness and my joins don't swell up either but they do lock up in my right had and right leg which can cause severe pain. I have noticed that my knees can bend backwards somewhat as well as my thumbs but I've never really paid attention to it because it been like that my whole life.

Apr 22, 2018 7:52 AM

SMD97 I don't know much about this condition, so maybe other members with it can talk about it afterwards. You saying that your knees and thumbs bend backwards makes me immediately think of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. What I do know is that there are several types of EDS and that one of the major forms is hypermobility, which means that joints are extra flexible. Hopefully, other community members can give more information.

Apr 22, 2018 3:10 PM

I have an appointment with my GP on Wednesday about my CFS so I'll be sure to mention it to them and hopefully they'll look into it for me. Thank you for the help!

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