What was the most disheartening thing a doctor has told you about your symptoms? In what ways have you kept that in your mind? If you feel comfortable sharing, post your response in the SEP section of the discussion forum. I would say the most disheartening thing a doctor told me, after the third time seeing him, without having any real answers for me as to why I was in so much continual pain, was to offhandedly suggest “maybe it is just arthritis getting started early.” (I am 33.) “Getting started early.” These three words were so devastating to me. This is only the beginning. We are just warming up here. There is still an entire lifetime of horrible pain in store, just you wait. In fact, it is only going to get worse, and worse, and worse. I walked out of there so defeating just thinking there is no real point in going on with life if this is all I have to look forward to. It makes me so angry to think about it.