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My boyfriend is 26, and he is turning into a medical mystery. Two years ago he started experiencing shoulder pain and swelling, and it would cause his entire arm to swell and turn almost purple. It was extremely painful. After seeing several specialists, having steroid injections done and trying medications, he was finally referred to a Rheumatologist. They didn't even care to see him once they saw how young he is. They basically told him they didn't want to waste their time on him because anyone in their 20s wouldn't be having RA or severe arthritis issues. Cut to current time, and his knee has swollen up, pops out of joint and causes his lower leg to swell. Every single doctor he has seen has no clue what's wrong with him, and a different RA doctor brushed him off again. He's now having back issues, his other knee is starting to have pain and he's extremely tired all of the time. His father has M.S., and has plenty of relatives who have RA and other similar medical conditions. I guess my question is, for those of you who are in your 20s or 30s, how did you get a doctor to take you seriously? And a question for everyone is what do you do to help cope with the joint pain? I'm not dead set on him having any form of arthritis, but he has so many of the symptoms that I don't want to rule it out. Thanks in advance for any help.
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