Hi everyone, I have afew questions regarding my joint pain.
I'm 30yo female, living in Australia. About 8 months ago I was diagnosed with Barmah forest virus, and had also recently suffered Ross River virus, both mosquito born viruses that cause aching joints, fatigue and tiredness. I had two blood tests, the second to follow up the diagnosis and recovery I think. During that test my white cell count was elevated suggesting I also had an infection 'somewhere' in my body.
I have recovered very slowly, and was just starting to feel normal again, when the cold weather brought back my joint pains with avengence. I have had deep dull persistant aching in my knees and any physical activity (ie sweeping, or hanging out the washing) will cause other areas of my body to ache.
I was just looking online and discovered a post on raynauds Phenomenon, and realise that I have been suffering what I think is this for the past 15 years. It effects 2 of my toes on each foot when they get cold. They will go white then a weird yellow colour and will get this numb tingling feeling, almost as if they are not there anymore, and usually after an attack they will burn and feel itchy. I never knew what this was, just thought bad circulation?!
Well anyway I also read that it can be linked to arthritis, and am wondering if I should ask my Dr to be tested for arthritis, or if it's just these other viruses lingering in my system?
I did visit my Dr about a year and a half ago regarding an extremely sore thumb, she told me it's probably just from using it so much since I am a busy mother as arthritis is usually bilateral. My right knee grinds and clicks when I bend it, but both knees ache the same. Any advice would be greatly apreciated, thanks