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Hi, I'm hoping someone can help here. I'm 53 years old and more or less finished the menopause. Since I was in my 20's I've had osteoarthritis in my hips, but for the last year pain has spread to other joints and for the past couple of months the pain in my elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles has become very severe. I visited my gp a couple of days ago as I can't sleep for the pain. She just told me it was wear and tear and gave me painkillers and sent me for a blood test for rheumotoid arthritis (my grandma had it) but said she didn't expect it to come back positive. I'm not sure what's going on, I've got burning muscle pain around the hip joints, I can't lift anything heavy as my elbows hurt so much. My ankles throb constantly even in bed, I used ot look forward to going to bed to 'rest' but now it's just as uncomfortable being in bed and I'm not resting. It doesn't feel like normal 'wear and tear' as the gp said. I'm exhausted and although I'm still working, as I have no choice, my life is affected by this pain. I don't know if this is related to menopause, arthritis or something else but it's making my life a misery. I asked the gp for x-rays but she refused saying that it's too difficult as it's multiple joints that are affected. I feel like I'm being fobbed off, and the painkillers don't ease it whatsoever.
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