Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory, multisystem, autoimmune disorder. It is a disabling and painful condition which can lead to substantial loss of mobility due to pain and joint destruction.
I am experiencing swelling and fatigue in my back and legs since 5 years and the problem is still not gone. I am sure it started due to the fact that I lifted some very heavy weights in the gym with a poor form when I was 18. I am 24 now.
The problem never went away, I never recovered. All that time I have battled with this problem through the help of exercise (with light weights), prayers, showing high amount of dedication to studies, supplement usage and good nutrition and I somewhat did well.
I have tried all kinds of doctors,tests and treatments. Blood tests, X-Rays, MRIS all showed normal. I have tried different creams, medicines and injection, but I have never been able to recover fully.
I have seen neurologists, orthopaedics, general practitioner, other specialists, but they can never find a treatment or the exact reason for this problem so that an operation/surgery could be done.
Last I heard was that it is either due a to slipped disc, a problem with the nerve functioning or due to depression in general. My last test was a complete body MRI including brain, beck, back and legs, but it was all normal.
I have completely given up on doctors and treatments and I have decided to battle the illness on my own for the rest of my life by keeping myself busy with other things. Before it was easy, now it is getting tough as I am growing up and have many other responsibilities to take care of.
All I want to know is it really arthritis? Is it a broken bone or a nerve? Is it just depression? I just want to find out the exact problem so I can keep on finding new ways to battle this problem over the internet.