Hello and thanks to all that take the time to read and or respond to my posting.
I'm a 26 year old mother of 3 with all sorts of symptoms and no answers. I've recently been referred to a Rheumatologist and still waiting the results of yet more bloodwork. I have a strong family history of autoimmune diseases including lupus, RA, polymyocytis, polycythemia, ITP, Myasthenia Gravis, Sjogrens, and a few others.
I would say it started 4-5 years ago, possibly earlier. I had gestational diabets with my last 2 children, UTI's with all 3, and high blood pressure with the 3rd. I was not at all overweight going into my first or 2nd pregnancy, have good eating habits and was utterly surprised with the problems. Since then I've gone on to develop arthritis in my ankles, knees, and hands, severe dizziness, nausea, hearing loss in my left ear, horrible fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle twitching, a tremor in my left arm, tingling in my extremities, headaches, anemia, fibromyalgia, and memory problems. I did have a period of 4 weeks or so where my chest felt extremely tight and hurt when taking deep breaths. I assumed it was nothing since I had no symptoms of a cold or respiratory infection. One question I have is does pleurisy go away on its own or does it generally have to be treated? Also the anemia was due to iron deficiency and is now under control after 7 months of iron 3x a day (it's still on the low end though and I've been instructed to keep taking it) so my 2nd question is if iron deficient anemia can be due to chronic illness? I've also notied tiny red dots up and down my arms and on my thighs. I tried to show the (intern) rheumatologist and he glanced and brushed it off and I know dang well he didn't even see them as they are pinprick size. I'm concerned these are petechiae but platelet count is fine (350k). Infact he brushed me off from the very beginning saying I was much to young and oh your doctor sent you because you only have a positive ANA. Once I started in with symptoms he was a little nicer. The the other Rheumatologist came in and I could hardly get a work in edge wise because the intern took it upon himself to tell him everything. Whatever, I go back in a week for results and hopefully MR KNOW-IT-All suck-up-to-my-boss, will not be there. (sorry couldn't resist!) As far as my blood work is concerned everything is normal except the ANA was positive at 1:320 speckled pattern. Any ideas where to go from here if this guy turns out to be another dead end?? I know it is not normal to feel the way I do at my age and I'm pretty darn sure there is more going on then the "it's hard to take care of 3 children, I'd be tired too", or "maybe it's just stress". 6 years ago I was working full time and raising a little girl at the same time, now I can hardly keep up with the house because I hurt so bad or am not feeling well.
Again thanks to everyone, it's nice to have a place to come, to be heard and not looked at as crazy. To all of you still looking for answers - don't stop!