When I was 16, I was experiencing a huge amount of joint pain in all areas of my body. The most pain and stiffness was in my back. This had been going on since I was 12, but the doctor always sent me away, saying I was having "growing pains." At 16 I finally saw a rheumatologist and was found to be HLA-b27 positive. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis and put on a myriad of pills. I still had pain sometimes, but I was able to get out of bed in the morning without being hunched over and I was without intolerable pain. My doctor said it was a rare condition, but even more rare to develop symptoms as a child. Most people that have this disease are also men, and I am a woman. I am 22 years old now, and I still have some limitations even while on Nsaids. I may need to begin medication to suppress my immune system so that it will stop attacking my joints as much, and I really am not looking forward to it. I need to take medication for the rest of my life, but I don't mind. I don't remember what it's like to not have to deal with this because I was so young when I developed it. Even if this is not what you have, I found it interesting that you have headaches. I have headaches and migraines quite often and I am in the process of trying to find what causes them. Aside from not being able to run or do things that would stress or injure my weakened joints, I live quite a normal life on medication. They also make these patches you can put on your back, etc, that have anesthetic in them. They are amazing!!! I sometimes put them on at night to get a better sleep. They are called Lidoderm patches, I think, but you have to have a prescription to get them.
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