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fatigue, joint pain

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  • Posted By: rlshahan
  • March 25, 2007
  • 11:15 PM

Severe joint pain and stiffness
:( I'm a 47 yr old female and am miserable. I was healthy and in excellent physical shape at 125 pds until 4 yrs ago. Now I'm 155 pds and too weak to exercise. I just want to know what is wrong so I know what to do about it. If anyone could lead me in the right direction I would be so thankful.
I was completely through menapause at 42 and that's when it all started. At 42 I had hyperthyroidism and ended up having to do RAI treatment, so then of course I was hypothyroid. My TSH was 58. I had joint stiffness, wt gain, fatigue, dry skin, etc. Went on Levothyroxine. Levels normal now, but symptoms keep flaring up. I had a bad flare up 2 yrs ago and was taking a lot of Ibuprofen. Bld tests only showed high liver enzymes. Stopped Ibuprofen and they came back to normal. I don't have the tender points, but the Dr still said it was Fibromyalgia. Sed rate and Lyme titer were normal at that time.Symptoms seem to get worse with each flare up. The Dr said it was Fibromyalgia and I went on a long-acting Ibuprofen. I was feeling better for about 6 mths. Then I ended up with thyroid eyes. One eye drooping, one bulging, red, tearing, periorbital edema, etc, and had to go on Steroids 16 mg a day for 6 mths. The steroids helped my eyes. I felt great. I wasn't fatigued, my joints weren't stiff or painful, wasn't sleeping all the time, and my headaches were better. But I had every bad side effect. High BP, moon face, buffalo hump, mood changes, etc.(Like Cushings). I had to be weaned off. Then my Eyes got worse again and I had to get 10 doses of low radiation treatment to the eyes muscles which did help. Ever since I went off the Steroids I have been in so much pain and stiffness. This is the worst flare up I've ever had. It's been almost 2 mths off the steroids and I've been miserable. If I don't move my joints every 15 mins. I stiffen up so bad it hurts. It's in my neck, my low back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, and even the soles of my feet. I love sking. Went a couple wks ago, but muscles were in a constant burn so I had to quit. It was too painful. I am fatigued, weak, forgetful, and depressed. I am making it to work and back, but that's all I can do now. I went to the Drs again. We're trying Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia. I felt ok on the 5th and 6th day after starting it. I was so excited, but it came right back. someone, please help come up with a diagnosis. I want to feel good again.

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  • Have you gone to an Endocrinologist? Have them check out your PTH and Calcium levels. With all of the thyroid problems and radiation, you could have parathyroid issues.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Fibromyalgia is similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the symptoms resemble as well. Depression, fatigue, joint pain are some of the typical symptoms.
    KnowSUMthings 153 Replies Flag this Response
  • Some links for you -http://www.parathyroid.comhttp://www.westonaprice.org/askdoctor/http://www.westonaprice.org/soy/complaints.htmlhttp://thyroid.about.com/cs/soyinfo/a/soy.htmhttp://rense.com/general57/FLUR.HTMhttp://www.naet.com
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't have the tender points, but the Dr still said it was Fibromyalgia. ummm sorry but im going to say that doctor is ridiculous as Fibromyalgia diagnoses is based on tender points. How can you have fibromyalgia if you have NO tender points at all??? Diagnoses of fibromyalgia IS based on the tender points (thou the amount one has can vary and change..but 11 of them or more is the usually recommended number for a fibromyalgia diagnoses. I had fibromyagia in the past..and even thou I dont suffer from it no more and are not in pain nowdays from it (it hardly ever flares now, I had it as a symptom of CFS).. if my pressure points are pressed, some are still painful. If you didnt have thyroid issues, I'd suggest that you may have Chronic Fatigue syndrome (this can be very much like Fibro as another poster said). "Diagnosing fibromyalgiaThe American College of Rheumatology has produced diagnostic guidelines. The historical feature of fibromyalgia is widespread pain of three months duration or more affecting the axial skeleton and at least two contralateral quadrants of the body. In addition, for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia patients have to feel pain in 11 of 18 trigger points when they are palpated with the amount of pressure sufficient to blanch a finger nail. "
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies Flag this Response
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