Hi everyone. I don't really know what I hope to achieve by writing this, I just felt I needed get some feelings out or I'd explode. I've had joint pain on and off for a number of years now, but since October they've been so bad that I'm now using a wheelchair outside of the house. I've never, in all these years, got to a diagnosis. Previous flair-ups have eventually cleared up by themselves, after I'd been shunted out sideways through the NHS, normally to a physio (this isn't a criticism of PTs, they do a wonderful job, but they can't be expected to cure a problem that they don't even have a diagnosis for), but this lot just isn't going to go away by itself. I've had an X-ray, which showed nothing, and I've just (after much chasing) found out that my blood test results for rheumatoid arthritis 'probably don't show anything' (I talked to the consultant's secretary, who said that blood results are only sent to your GP (translation: MD) if there's anything wrong with them. If everything's clear, they don't tell you ). So I'm now waiting for an MRI (which thankfully isn't too far away) with no idea of what's wrong, or what I should be doing. I don't even know if I should be exercising as much as the pain will permit, or resting. I've been told that if the MRI doesn't show anything, I might be sent back to a physio, but that won't get me any closer to a diagnosis. Without a diagnosis, I don't officially have anything wrong with me, so I don't get any help from the NHS. I've got supportive friends and family around me, but they've got enough on their plates without me burdening them more, so I just end up bottling it all up until I'm crying at the computer like this. Ho hum. Thanks for listening everyone, and sorry it was so long and rambling.