My names Sophie. Im 23 and for the last 2 years i have been waiting to see specialists in regards to my joints. It started 2 years ago, i had fluid on my knee. It wasnt painful at first but i still went to the doctors just incase. I was told that it should clear up by itself as i had probably knocked it. Then after a month or so i still had the fluid but it was now starting to hurt / stiffness. I also noticed that i couldnt straighten my right elbow (which i still cant) as there was fluid on that too which again is extremely painful. I was then put on the waiting list and to this day they still dont know what it wrong with me. I have had tests for ARTHRITIS but they have all come back negative. I now have really bad back pain, jaw pain and my knee and arm are still full of fluid and very painful. Its getting me down and i really dont know what to do.
The specialist seems to think its SERONEGATIVE ARTHRITIS. Has anyone else experienced this??? He wants to put me on Methatroxate but i dont want to take it as he isnt even sure how long i will be on the tablets for and if they will even work. The side effects are horrendous and i feel that until i have a firm diagnosis i dont want to take the risk.
No one has told me whether this is something i have to deal with for life or whether after being treated it will be cured.
Please someone help or give me some advice as i feel like im getting nowhere.
Day to day life is a struggle and i would love nothing more to carry on dancing and performing but this is holding me back.
Im also having stomach cramps and loose stools which i think could also be caused by this/ along with taking all these tablets.
im too young for this X