Hi everyone, it's my first day on this app and wanted to ask for some advice. I just turned 20 and have been dealing with chronic pain for as long as I can remember.
As a kid, I hated walking and running because my knees and ankles hurt. The only sport I could tolerate was swimming so I did that competitively until recently. My coaches were annoyed at me because I was always the slowest runner and hated doing dry land exercises. About 2 years ago, after quitting swimming because I was too short to continue competeing, I noticed a dramatic rise in pain and decided to go see a doctor. They dismissed my pain as being all in my head and being too sensitive. I looked up my symptoms and think that I may have ehlers danlos syndrome hypermobility. I've always been flexible, I bruise easily, my joints keep clicking and popping out of place, and I have similar digestive issues. I've been to see three doctors in the past year and they have all dismissed my symptoms. They keep telling me that I'm just hypermobile and it will get better with age. The problem is, my pain is getting worse. I haven't been able to use my right shoulder for the past few days after partially dislocating it.
But at the same time, I'm scared of getting a diagnosis. I don't want proof that this will get worse. I know that it is the right thing to do, but I don't know how to convince my doctors to take me seriously.
Sorry, this post is super long. Oops