Hello, I am 31yrs old, almost 32 and I have had joint pain and stiffness I'd say since my late teens. I have been to a GP various times about these, mkst recently a week ago. The GP felt my knees and my spine, she said that I have wear and tear in my knee, I have inflammation in my knees and she thinks that when my left knee locked in 2014 that I had actually dislocated my patella, I did this just by putting on a sock when I was getting ready for work.
I had blood tests taken before my appointment last week but the results were normal, so she referred me to a physio. The physio assessed me over the phone - because, covid - I had to do various movements that she described over the phone and we discussed relevant medical history. She thinks the issue is postural, muscular and I'm in a physical job (I work in a nursery in a baby room). So she emailed me a link with types of exercise - swimming, walking, etc. If I get new symptoms or things worsen I am to stop and get back in contact with them and they said they will see me in person.
I am currently taking Naproxen 2x a day and a tablet each morning for my stomach because of the naproxen. I get back pain and stiffness, this is mainly my lower back but can be higher up, my knee especially my left one feels like it is bubbling and I currently use a leg pillow when I sleep because otherwise I wake up with hip pain, I can get hip pain when I have been walking for long periods too. The hip pain is recent, only started noticing it in the last year and is mainly the left side.
My mum has osteoarthritis, other than that I am not aware of any other joint conditions within my family.
My question is, do I push for more tests from my GP - I haven't had xrays of my joints or mri's. I am going to exercise more as advised by the physio, I'm planning to go for walks on my days off (Tues, Sat, Sun).