I have been in pain for more than two years now.

Posted by sherrymalovich @sherrymalovich, Mar 13, 2016

I have been in pain for more than two years now. I finally got to see a rheumatologist, who had ordered extensive blood work and x-rays. The x-rays show osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, spurs and sclerosis. My ANA came back negative, which it has come back positive several times prior to this, RA is negative. I have this pain that is debilitating at times. It is affecting my job and my everyday health. I am exhausted. I also have low iron, which I am sure affects everything. Calculated Osmolality is Low, Iron is a 35 (two months ago), Saturation is at 12%. Some of the things that I am experiencing are weakness, tired, sore tongue and roof of mouth, joint pain, sore muscles, restless leg, excessive eating, cold forgetfulness and I am not interested in anything at these times. This is not me at all. It is very depressing feeling like this. I am not sure what to think or ask anymore. I know that something is wrong, but what?! I am very frustrated and angry at this point. Can you help me in any way possible?

Hi @sherrymalovich, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I’m Rebecca – I’m one of the community moderators here. I’m sorry to hear what you’ve been going through, I know it must be to frustrating and exhausting to be dealing with all of this. I found some information about osteoporosis treatments that might be helpful to talk to your doctor about http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoporosis/basics/treatment/con-20019924. Have you tried any of the home remedies to help manage the symptoms? Does an assistive device, like a cane, provide any relief?


Hi @sherrymalovich – I’m Alyse, and I’m another community moderator on Connect. I’d like to introduce you to another member who is going through a similar experience, @larkspur2015. I hope you can provide support to each other.

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