I live in Florida, where good docs are at a premium. I have had these symptoms since I was 19 or so. It was a slow progression, so I pretty much ignored it until about 10 years ago. My hips cracked and hurt, my neck clicked and was stiff and hurt. I had two bone scans that showed a lot of inflammation...yet nothing else was done. Xrays. NSAIDS. They just gave up, thinking I was drug-seeking or something. I never got any. But here's the thing. I have two children, I am 43 and now it's horrible. I cant keep up with them or the housework, I get exhausted and weak and can't do much. I feel old, whereas I was always active before. I walked everywhere. I am not overweight. Why has no one ever cared enough to help me? Now, after trying many docs, I gave up. It's bad now, and I have no insurance. I do not want to see myself in a wheelchair with my girls. I will kill before I do that. All the docs said oh you are the wrong sex, too young (!), are Hbl27 (whatever its called) negative. It's not Lupus, RA or anything else. It's just some sort of arthritis (even tho I am not getting plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis). This is extremely frustrating to me. How do I get a doc to listen???
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