This is my first post as I have only just heard about this forum.
My name is Jess and I am 24 years old; I have been suffering with Osteoarthritis for just over 1 year now. It all happened out of nowhere; I stood up to make dinner one night and got excruciating pain in my foot, the next day it was swollen and I could not put any wait on it. I went to the doctors several times over the course of a few months, and they just kept telling me that I had probably broken a bone in my foot and that I was too young to be suffering arthritis. After countless blood tests and x-rays, they finally sent me to the hospital to have an MRI scan and referred me to the Rheumatology department. The doctor was extremely unhelpful and referred me to the Lower Limb Clinic, they looked at the MRI results and informed me that I did have a form of Arthritis. The Lower Limb Clinic then referred me back to Rheumatology, who said they couldn't help me and re-referred me back to the Lower Limb Clinic. Luckily after a year I was able to have a steroid injection into the joint of my toe, which has sort of helped, but I am still getting a lot of pain.
I am now getting pain in my fingers and my other foot (the exact same pain, but no swelling). I went back to the doctors to tell them about my pain and they told me that I am just sensitive to pain and that I need to eat more vegetables!! I also suffer with depression and anxiety and just feel so down a lot of the time. I used to be very active, but I now find myself unable to do a lot of things that I used to do. I do not know what options I have left - the doctors won't help and the hospital just keeps passing me around departments. Has anyone else had this happen to them? I just want to know that I have support, but I am not being offered any. Also, if you suffer with OA, which hospital department do you go to? I am hoping that I can ask to be referred to the correct department. I have been given no form of pain relief either, just basically been told that I have got to deal with it.
I am sorry for the long post, it is just nice to vent sometimes! Especially to people who will understand what I am going through.