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I've been trying to find an answer to my pain for over six years. The first rheumatologist said I had moderate osteoarthritis in hips, hands and right SI as well as a possible inflammatory type of arthitis or connective tissue disease. He offered Methotrexate and Biologics but I was not ready for that without a clear diagnosis. I tried various NSAIDS without any real improvement. Over the years I saw 4 more rheumatologists who thought the osteoarthritis was mild despite my pain. Most of them sent me on my way with nothing, but one put me on NSAIDs again. Still no improvement. One of them did offer PT but my insurance at the time didn't cover it so I couldn't afford to do it. Up until this year the pain has been intermittent and tolerable, but in the last few months it has increased and is almost constant. There's also new joints involved. I've found yet another rheumatologist who has run all the blood tests again (all normal) and did some x rays but failed to do any of my hips and feet even though those areas are the most painful. She says it's just the beginning of osteoarthritis and prescribed Celebrex. That drug didn't do much for me back in 2014. So here I am barely able to get through a work day, can't stand or sit more than 10 minutes without pain, have difficulty walking uphill/stairs, and have extreme stiffness and pain from the waist down when standing up from sitting. How can any of this be normal and "mild"?
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