8 years ago when i was 20 and at university i began to get shooting pains in my legs, and overly clicky knees and i put it down to overdoing it at yoga! Months passed and the pain (only occassional at this stage) seemed to be getting more frequent so i went to my gp and she told me i just needed to build up the muscle around my knees and my thighs. (I was a waitress at this point and thought i’m running around on my feet all day - my legs should be made of steel!) Anyhow, she gave me some tips on exercise and sent me on my way. Jump forward a couple years later and the pain is progrssively worse, i now also have what they say is sciatica - a horrible sharp ‘nervey’ feeling down one side of my body and my joints pop and click all the time! By this point i’m in agony most days! I’ll finish work and i’ll be literally crippled, unable to walk up and down stairs and generally just be mobile until i have plenty of rest! When its a good day i’ll get the odd twinge or dull ache or restless legs and its bareable but a bad day is getting me more down and frustrated. I went to the gp again and this time she sent me to a physio who told me my lower spine didnt move - made sense as my lower back was becoming stiffer and stiffer - almost like it had spread from my knees up to my back… Did a bit of physio for a few weeks and then they sent me on my way… again. Jump forward a couple more years to now and i’m on the brink of losing it! The last couple of years especially have been the hardest. I’m constantly tired…i’ll go to bed and have no recollection of falling asleep. My legs and knees ache so much i can;t walk . I can’t sit down on the floor without becoming incredibly stiff and unable to get up without help or effort. Going up and down stairs is a struggle even on my good days. They feel heavy and my knees feel weak. Chores are increasingly difficult to complete without suffering afterwards! The pain has now gone to my elbows and now my wrists and i feel the need to keep my arms as straight as possible because it actually hurts to have them bent. Its now getting to the point where even rest whilst i’m sleeping is doing no good as i’m waking up stiff and achy. I’ve been to a chiroprator recently and he was baffled with me…he couldn’t understand how my muscles were persistently so weak!
I thought it was arthritus but having been to my gp again recently and been given blood tests and a pelvic xray they say they can rule that out. My current gp just tells me its chronic pain and some people just get this with no reasoning behind it! I’m seeing a Rheumatologist in a few weeks having begged him to do something else for me but i’ve got this horrible feeling it could be ms. It just all adds up, if i think about it my balance has been a little off the last year or so, i’ve always suffered from dizzy spells and my short term memory over the last 5 years has been awful! Not to mention the unbearable aches and pains i’ve had over the last 8 years. I just don’t get it… I’m 28, have an active(ish) lifelstyle, always walking, my muscles shoudn’t be weak! I shouldn’t be this tired! Its taking over my life and i feel no one is taking me seriously, my gp is hesitant to do anything more for me but i can’t live like this any longer! Please get in touch, any advice would be appreciated. Do you think its ms? Am i going crazy?