This is my first time in a forum like this. I am 27 year old female in relatively good shape. I have had pain in my shoulders and spine for 9 years. In 2015 I finally had an MRI on my spine (c,t,l) and right shoulder as well as an ultrasound on my left shoulder (I got a job in the medical field). I have a bone spur in my c spine, multiple moderate herniations in my t spine and a hernation plus a tear in a disc in my l spine. I also have tears in both shoulders and trapezius spasms. I have never been in an accident and I have never played intense sports. My issue (a part from my constant, daily pain) is that I have severe white coat syndrome. I cannot have any interaction with a doctor or any needles without having a full on panic attack. A doctor recently said that I need to have blood work to see if I have RA. Does anyone else have this issue? I have no rational explanation to my fear. My loved ones say "just do what you have to do. Be a big girl" yeah....thanks.....that was inspiring. If I could just talk myself through it, I would have done it a long time ago. I am humiliated. I know doctors want to do all kinds of tests because of my "unexplained injuries". Any advice? Had anyone been able to be diagnosed without blood or injections?
Scared, scared, scared.