Nicole, Thank you for sharing your story. I have a very similiar story of lengthy time of misdiagnosis. My personal experience is the medications that I have tried have made the symptoms worse and accelerated the spread of the loss of cartilage and intensified the pain significantly.
I am on a study drug for depression and it has significantly cut my pain where I have very, VERY little pain. Also, I have lost 22 lbs and that is helping too.
There are going to be ups and downs and don't get too discouraged about the episodes and the pain. You can do it!
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