I am 44 years old and 4 years ago was diagnosed with osteoarthritus of the spine - had been receiving epidureal pain block shots 3 sets every 6 months - this was helping to tolerate the pain. throughout this time I was having every once in a while what I thought was the flu - ended up being gall bladder attacks - I had gallbladder surgery Sept. 07 - this resolved a lot of back pain and made the shots last longer then in May 2008 I had a sore throat and couldn't talk - went to the doctor - not strep throat so they sent me home - 2 days later I was retaining water - and my hands where numb doctor tried lyrica which made the swelling even worse - went to neurologist and was diagnosed with severe carpal tunnel - my pain doctor couldn't beleive the results which was severe - or the fact that I had never complained of this previously - I was finally able to have surgery on July 25th - we are a small community with few doctors and testing takes 1 month to get in and same with scheduling surgeries. I had instant releif from pain after surgery - except still had numbness in 3 fingers each hand - some days it is better but now the pain is back - numbness is continuous and hands are swollen and so is ankles and knees - oh also in may my blood pressure started going up and so my pain specialist did many tests - not RA, MS, Thyroid, Kidney issues, not showing inflamation in blood work - but I feel terrible - Went to cardiologist and had ekg, echo, stress test and nothing is showing - put on blood pressure medication and now all of a sudden my cholesterol is real high - never had any of this prior to May. Very worried because my mother was diagnosed 3 years ago with cirrhosis of the liver and needs transplant - my doctors are testing me for everything and nothing is showing up - and I am feeling worse everyday - my feet hurt, ankles can hardly bear my weight after I have been sitting for a little while - hands hurt, finger joints hurt terrible, elbows, shoulders keep making popping sounds and feel almost dislocated - I can't sleep, can't exercise and weight is fluctuating from 180-195 within a weeks time - Please let me know if you have any ideas.
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