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I've been battling all over joint pain few years

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I've been battling all over joint pain for a few years now. It consists of cracking/crunching joints followed by pain. I went through the healthcare system here in London and was given various anti inflammatory drugs and antibiotics with no improvement at all. I've had lots of blood taken which has not given a reason to what might be the cause. My joints do not swell (apart from my feet if I stand all day) and the inflammatory marker in my blood was not of concern to the doctors. I have since seen a private doctor in the last 6 months who checked me for leaky gut which came back positive. I've taken various medication for this over the last 5 months with no real improvement except for better stools. I've had some recent X-rays taken from my chiropractor which shows degeneration of the spine. My knees are also going. I'm trying to work out what step to take next as things are getting worse. I didn't really want to start taking drugs as this my affect my gut but am unsure what to do.
I'm a 30 year old male with no other issues along side the joints (some tiredness when it's at its worst)
Thanks in advance
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.
have you been tested for fibromyalgia?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Yes, they tested various pressure points for fibro but with no issues
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.
how about for lupus and other autoimmune disease?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Yes all bloods were taken and tested. I got to a point where my rheumatologist seemed unsure and we're just trialling various drugs on me every time I returned
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.
Okay.I think you have some type of autoimmune that is hard to identifywhat drugs have you tried?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Off the shelf nsaid
Pain patches
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.
what about lyrica, cymbalta or savella?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.
I would try lyrica or cymbaltThey both work excellent for your condition
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I've also tried various diets, cutting out gluten.... But no improvement
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.
This is going to be tough to treat outside of medsI have seen this before.It is like an autoimmune condition that doesn't meet any of the criteria for a diseaseI'm sorryI would go with cymbalta or lyrica
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Are these anti inflammatorys? If so I'm wondering why would they work if the others did nothingThanks
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.
No, they are not
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.
Thanks for this questionPlease don't forget a positive rating. I appreciate it :)If you have more questions, just reply