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Feb 23, 2016 4:03 PM

Since I was 15 I have had problems with sore joints. At first they told me I have 'joint hyper mobility' but I think that was just to pawn me off because they didn't even seem to believe me. I'm now 22 and at winter it's at its worst. Everyday there is something. Today my knuckles are sore, my hand is stiff and completely swollen and I've had a throbbing pain that won't leave for about 4 hours now. It's been hurting all day but at first it was just a dull ache but at the moment it's agony. People don't seem to understand/believe me! I'm going to go to the doctor and get tested for arthritis again seeing as apparently with joint hyper mobility your joints don't go red or swollen but it's just the problem with getting anyone to believe me because most of the time I'm in pain at night when I'm alone and during the day it's not so bad. I feel like no one understands and my parents just tell me to get on with it because they don't know what else to say. Do other people on here actually understand what I'm going on about? I don't even know what to do about this anymore, how do you stop the pain? I mean you think after 7 years I would've figured it out but nope!

Feb 23, 2016 5:04 PM

I totally understand your pain and frustration as do many people on this forum. I am 28 with spinal arthritis. It is very painful and whenever I say my back hurts I always get odd looks because they think that I am just exaggerating because I am not very old. It is also hard because you would nerer know just by looking at me how much pain I am in. For me, I am still trying to figure things out. Flare ups are sometimes really random. Heat works the best for me, I have also started to do Dead Sea salt baths which is supposed to be great for inflammation. I get massage as well and am looking into accupuncture. Right now I am in a flare up and I am exhausted from the pain and no of my usual remedies seem to be working. So I definitely get it! Hang in there:)

Feb 23, 2016 5:07 PM

Thanks for the reply I was having a little breakdown earlier! Have been having a read through these posts and it's so nice to see I'm not the only one! I definitely agree with heat being better. I work summer seasons for the holiday company Thomson and when I'm abroad I get barely any problems but since being home for winter (I'm in Scotland) it's been an absolute nightmare! Definitely hang in with the acupuncture! Feels like it does nothing at first but it can help ease things off after a few times :)

Feb 23, 2016 7:07 PM

That's promising to hear about the accupuncture. The cold is definitely bad for me too. I'm in Canada so our winters are chilly! This app has been great for me too. Lots of support and good suggestions!

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