Hi, im 17 and have been stiff for as long as i can remember. When i was 10 i was at the doctor with painful knees, i was turned away with paracetomol. Again when i was 12 i returned with a painful lower back, i was turned away with paracetomol. When i was 14 i developed an extrememly stiff shoulder and neck were i atteneded my gp around 6 times and had 2 courses of physiotherapy. I can now actually move my head but not fully recovered. Then about a month ago i woke up to a ridicously swollen knee that has stopped me from walking, for the past month it has been going up and down but never full recovered. Ive had 3 blood tests which showed high 'crp' which is a syptom of RA but it then dropped levels so i have been advised to rest for a month and go back for another test in a month. I am recieving very little support from my gp i am being made to feel as if im over reacting. I cant get out of my bed in the morning without several pain killers and i dont believe that is normal for a 17 year pld. My aunties and dad have rheumotoid arthirits very bad. I am not complaining i am just desperate to get an answer so i can be treated before any real damage! Can anyone please help and offer advice i would be ever so grateful. Sometimes i cant even grip a bowl.