please can anyone help my son
I am so sorry your son is suffering. I can only imagine how helpless feel and desperate you must be to find something or someone to help. I will try my best to address your concerns and help you in the ways that I can.
1. An MRI and x-rays are good news. Those test results plus symptoms plus lab results are how they diagnose a problem. Lab results are not enough to diagnose a patient. You can have a condition and have the lab come back negative for it. It is called Sero negative xxxx. You can also test positive for something in labs and not have it. The symptoms, x-rays and MRIs are crucial pieces of the puzzle.
2. Alternative medicine, in my experience, can help relieve symptoms. I went to an accupuncturist, a muscle release therapist (specialized form of massage)and an iridologist/herbalist (diagnosis by looking at the eye) while waiting for a diagnosis and treatment that would help me (I have RA, Sjogren's and Ankylosing Spondylitis.) For me, the combination approach helped but western medicine was critical to returning a large degree of my quality of life.
Because of the additional tests the 2nd rheummy is ordering, I think your son is on a good course to getting diagnosed and treated. The worst part is having to be patient. It takes time to get a diagnosis and sometimes you have to change doctors more than once. Once diagnosed and depending on the diagnosis, it can also take time to get the treatment right. Various drugs may be tried in various combinations and dosages. For some the process is fast, for me it took 2 years and for others it takes much longer. I believe the keys are being your own advocate, being willing to change doctors and educating yourself on the conditions the doctors are investigating BUT you have to be careful with that as you can scare yourself horribly. (I read too much on a condition for which my labs were positive though I had no symptoms and it turned out I did not have that disease.)
Things that will help the doctor include a family medical history (include aunts, uncles and cousins IF they have rare or autoimmune diseases.) A detailed medical history for your son. A log of all symptoms and pain, even those that seem unrelated, when they occurred, how long they lasted, what made them better (if anything), etc.
Something that will help your son is to take pen and paper to the doctor appts and maybe take another person, too. It is hard to absorb all that the doc says and writing it down may capture something important that may otherwise be forgotten.
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