• 2 months ago

    Can I still have Arthritis? I’m at my wits end with all of this stress

    Main question at the bottom, sorry

    I’m a young adult who has experienced at least 2-3 years of pain in my body (mostly the joints). I have been to the doctor several times seeking resolve but to no avail. The pain gets worse with every week and I don’t see an end in sight. I’ve had several tests done. I tested negative for arthritis but my mother still has the notion I have it. Can I still have arthritis but test negative from a blood test? The pain is making it harder to do things I could do in the past like going up the stairs without problems. Also a description of my symptoms are constant malaise and pain as well as certain points of my body getting agonizing stabbing pains if touched. My skin sometimes becomes extremely sensitive and uncomfortable to touch. I’m not very active but I do try to walk on the treadmill for a bit, but I’ll feel a good amount of pain after a short while. I’ll also still feel pain even when I’ve taken drugs like ibuprofen and aleve. ( Not sure if this is related but sometimes when I walk my knees give out on me so I bump into things frequently )

    In short: Can I have arthritis without testing positive in a blood test? My symptoms have been goin on for a long time and getting worse.