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Date: 10.02.2009
From: jen

Subject: not sure what to do...

Hi guys, first off a wee introduction. im jen from scotland, 21 (on saturday so only just!) and i'm having a wee problem with my knee's and lower spine.

I've had problems with my knees for about 6 years now, but just put it down to over working as i was in college at the time it started and they were put under alot of strain doing sport for around 5 hours a day 4 days a week.

My knees are always stiff, mainly my left, my right isn't as bad but does have its days, my lower back is always sore in the morning and after resting. I find it hard to go through a day without a nap.

I know arthritis runs in my family although i'm not sure which kind, my aunt says that this is just plainy shouting that i have caught it in my gene pool. I have went to my doctor 3 times to try and at least get tested, but he keeps saying my left knee is just inflamed, and ignores my back problems.

I told him arthritis runs in my family (we've traced it back 4 generations so far) and has a young age onset, as my dad and aunt were diagnosed in their late teens but keeps saying i'm too young to even think about having the condition never mind having it.

I really don't know what to do, as it's getting worse and worse, to the point where somedays it is sore to use my left knee, and the right is sometimes just as bad.

Any pointers on what i should do?

Many thanks

Jen x
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Date: 10.02.2009
From: Louise

Subject: Re: not sure what to do...

I think you need to see a different GP. Choose another from the same practice or change to a new practice. A few simple blood tests is all that's needed at this stage - then you will know if you need a referral to a rheumatologist.
Good luck
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