Re: Multiple affected joints-why?
Hi. You have been through a lot.
You might try researching Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. It can involve laxity in tendons, ligaments and muscles and is frequently connected with other connective tissue disorders. It is a genetic thing. You can have hypermobility without being "double jointed". I always thought my joints were "normal" until I had my first shoulder problem and my orthopedic doctor educated me otherwise.
I have it and didn't start having symptoms until my 30's. My doctor said my body had compensated for it up to that point.
It could account for some of your issues with your neck, shoulder, knee, back, wrist, knee and foot. It can also be indirectly connected with the acid reflux issues and bladder issues. I'm not certain about the brain fog, but a high number of people with hypermobility have fibromyalgia and that can be a symptom for it.
I have benign hypermobility and so far, I'm dealing with problems with: shoulder, wrist, tmj, neck, plantar fasciitis, hip, GERD and IBS that all seem to have an underlying connection. Sometimes when one thing is off it can even trigger other problems. I figure I'm stuck with 'dealing' with this. It can be very frustrating when I have some chronic problems.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a doctor to treat the hypermobility itself. I have tons of specialists... one for each individual joint or issue. I don't have a lot of advice to offer in finding a doctor to treat the underlying causes. I have a lot of my labs come back normal when I'm having problems so I've had my share of doctors visits where I come away with nothing. It can be very frustrating.
I hope this helps.
Asthma, Allergies, severe LPR/GERD, Anemia, TMJD, Hearing Loss, Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, Shoulder Impingement--both shoulders, Benign Joint Hypermobility, possible Ehlers Danlos Syndrome