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I know it sounds like a long shot, so before you go trying to shoot me down, hear me out. I've had joint problems since I was a kid, mainly in my back. In recent years it's been getting worse, and every joint in my body grinds, creaks, and pops. Every joint I can trace back to a specific injury I sustained. My wrist, I broke and never had it taken care of (stupid, I know.) My shoulder, torn rotator cuff. My ankles, skate boarding in my teens. My knees, a car accident where they ended up catching the under side of a dash board in a 70 MPH collision. My neck, same car accident. My hips? Honestly couldn't tell ya. Point is I've put my body through hell and I'm paying the price already. It's 2 AM. Can't sleep. Haven't been able to sleep more than 4 hours in about a year. My hands start to swell and feel like they're on fire by the end of the day, and the rest of them just ache endlessly. I grew up working my ass off in 110 degree heat 8 hours a day, dehydrated and not on a great diet. I'm a mechanic now, so it's really all going down hill, fast. Doctors say I don't have arthritis, I'm too young. But yet when I wake up in the morning and try to get out of my stiffness, all of my loved ones look at me in disgust when they hear how loud all my joints pop and grind, doctor looked at me the same way. I'm 20, and I have to worry about "If I pick that up, am I gonna be able to sleep tonight?" I haven't had an MRI yet, but I'm guessing that's where they're sending me for my next appointment. Two doctors in a row have given me prednisone and sent me out the door, which didn't do a damn thing but send my blood pressure up and make me feel like my face was melting off. Tried getting a referral to a rheumatologist, but that was 4 months ago. Don't have much faith that it's gonna happen. So what should I do? I don't have any deficiencies I'm aware of, blood work would of shown it, and I'm well hydrated and well fed these days. The pain is still persistent, and gradually getting worse. I've tried wrapping them, but any kind of pressure just hurts more. Ice packs, heat packs, name it, I've tried it. Cold makes it worse actually. Any pointers?
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