So I'm 19 and I have had chronic pain since when I was 16(maybe before too, but i really have bad memories and I hardly remember highschool). I never had any injury, accident. It began with only the knees hurting and I found myself complaining all the time about it and finally my mom decided to take an appointment with our doctor. But it could only be right at the end of the summer, one day before taking my plane to go to Europe for school(it was 6 weeks in Berlin and 8 weeks in Salamanca, Spain). I absolutely could wait for that because if I went to the appointments it would be way too stressful for me and my mom since we still had to drive maybe 8 hours to the airport.. So we decided to go to the hospital where I could go without an appointment.
The doctor there said that I had Patellofemoral pain syndrome. I was really happy to receive a diagnosis, and she gave me advice. To buy a brace, do physiotherapy, etc... which I did. But for the following years, I developed chronic pain in more and more joints. Now I have pain in my jaw, my shoulders, my back, my elbows, my wrist, my fingers, my hips, my knees and my ankles. Not all at the same time obviously.
I was tested for Rhumatoid Arthritis recently. My family's doctor said I needed to wait for a really big flare that went for at least a week. So I waited for months, having pain, but always thinking it wasn't painful enough or because I never remembered if the pain stayed for a week. Finally, at beginning of May, my mom came to Québec City to pick me up so that I could come back home for the summer and we had a 5 hours ride. I cried three times during those 5 hours because my left elbow and shoulders were hurting so much. I also had pain during the 5 days before. So my mom decided for me that I had to go take my blood test in the next week. I did it and it was negative... The result really dampened my mood and discouraged me a lot. But I have an appointment with my doctor on June 21th
I now think that maybe I don't have Patellofemoral pain syndrome ? Because I now have pain in almost every joints of my body..
edit: I also just realised that I didn't see a lot of people under 25?