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    Old 01-22-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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    Unhappy 18 and in severe pain for 3 years now, arthritis so young?

    When I was about 15, my knees began to occasionally hurt. Over the course of three years, the pain has traveled attacking my ankles, wrists, big toes, and 8 fingers. Some days, I am unable to even walk. I often times have to lift my leg onto my gas petal to drive. I walk with a limp due to the pain in my knees and toes, avoiding any extraneous movements, even walking up stairs. I fall. I often times cannot even stand up from a sitting position without pushing myself up first. My hands have it the worse now, I find it difficult to nearly impossible to hold a pencil and write, or turn off my cell phone by pushing the off button located on the top of the phone with my pointer finger. I drop things all the time. Some days, I cannot even open my hand... my hands always look like they're crippled. However, this pain is only ever present I'd say about 70% of the time. Everyday, at least one joint is in pain and other days I cant help but cry while trying to even get dressed in the morning... It hurts so bad. I hate this, but cannot afford to see a doctor. I don't know what it is, possibly R.A... but I am only 18! Nothing works; Glucosamine, fish oil, resting the joints, icing, heating, compressing, BenGay, stretching, MSM, anti-inflammatory meds, and so many more remedies have failed me. I just want to be able to MOVE, like a 18 year old should be able to.

     
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    Old 01-23-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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    Re: 18 and in severe pain for 3 years now, arthritis so young?

    You really do need to see a doctor! If it is RA or another form of the inflammatory arthritis, then it is also attacking you systemically- you really need to establish just what it is & get some treatment. Good luck!
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    Old 01-24-2013, 03:47 PM   #3
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    Re: 18 and in severe pain for 3 years now, arthritis so young?

    In most states, you can all The United Way(often it's 211) and you can ask them where to find a free medical clinic as you are sick with no insurance coverage. They should be able to give you addresses and phone numbers. If not, most hospitals have clinics and often, they are free or on a sliding fee scale. Again, if your local hospital doesn't have them, try calling the closest large hospital, especially one associated with a medical school so if you have a big university near you and it has a medical school...they have clinics.

    You need to see someone who can do some blood work to see if you have Ra or another illness and get you started on meds. A lot of drug companies will fund your meds if needed. But first things first....you need to see someone, preferably a rheumatologist.

    Good luck....Egg

     
    Old 02-15-2013, 11:17 PM   #4
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    Re: 18 and in severe pain for 3 years now, arthritis so young?

    I am 28, and i have osteoarthritis in my hip. I've had mine (ok still have) for almost 3 years. the pain is down and i feel like i'm on top of the world. its been a rough road. I went to three doctors, even a hip specialist, all telling me i needed a hip replacement. I said no, i'm too young. I felt so alone and on my own. Here's what i did. I started eating better (anything helps) I started with a juicer, I did yoga which helped with the pain (and how to handle the pain), as well as I found a doctor who did *** (Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy) which was an injection but of your own blood. Its something you might be able to research.

     
    Old 07-25-2013, 01:49 AM   #5
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    Re: 18 and in severe pain for 3 years now, arthritis so young?

    It is very possible. Get to a doc soon so you don't have to suffer so much. Best of luck to you.

     
    Old 07-29-2013, 01:07 PM   #6
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    Re: 18 and in severe pain for 3 years now, arthritis so young?

    Dear 18 years old,

    I am sorry to hear about you suffering for 3 years and not being able to get any help. Did you tell your parents about it? They must know a Hospital near you who has a clinic where they take people regardless of their insurance. They take everyone who needs medical attention. If your income is low, they may open for you a Charity Care file and you can come and see doctors at the Clinic when you need them. Thousands of people don't have insurance nowadays (sadly) but this doesnt mean they have to suffer.

    The pain you describe, not nesesseraly relates to RA. Many-many conditions can cause your joints/muscles to hurt and be stiff. Only your Dr after getting your blood work and possible other tests can find out what is wrong.

    You are too young; so please do yourself a favor, do your homework and get ready for an appointment with the doctor they provide for you. Don't give up just b/c you can't afford it.

    Best of luck to you
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    Old 07-29-2013, 09:31 PM   #7
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    Re: 18 and in severe pain for 3 years now, arthritis so young?

    My doctor told me that even young children can be struck by arthritis. It is not just an "old person's" disease.

    Typically, when you are young if you have arthritis it is either juvenile RA or arthritis caused by an injury or another inflammatory disease/process. I am 36 and had my first joint reconstruction surgery recently due to arthritis in my hand. But I've had arthritis in my knee and lower back since my early 20s. My doctor thinks it's related to my also having Crohn's disease, as Crohn's is an inflammatory disease that can cause inflammation all throughout the body.

    But I suffered for years not knowing why, I mean I had never had any serious injuries that could have triggered the arthritis. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with Crohn's last year that everything started to make sense, but I never would have figured out any of it had I not finally sought help. And while it sucks to know I have a chronic, non curable disease, at least now I know what I'm dealing with and I can keep working with my GI and ortho docs to manage it.

    You do need to go see a doctor to find out what the underlying cause of your pain is because you very obviously have serious inflammation going on. If you cannot afford it, go online and look for what assistance programs your state has. Many states have medicare programs for low income people. And here in my state of WA they have something called ACCESS WA where uninsured people can apply for medical assistance. It takes some research, but you might be able to find some help where you live. Do it, then go see a doctor and quit suffering! Where there's a will there's a way

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