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10 doctors and still no diagnosis - or why do socks hurt my ankles?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 24, 2008
  • 00:43 AM

I am 52 yr. old female. symptoms began around Christmas, 4 months and 10 doctors later, have found no answers. First symptoms were tingling in feet and arms, which spread into hands within two weeks. Seen by two neurologists with no definite conclusions. Symptoms now include joint and muscle pain, pain in fingers, burning mouth, swollen right side sinus cavity often accompanied by pressure in right ear and extremely dry skin. Strangest of all is that socks I have had for years now leave impressions in my skin and actually hurt. So does wearing any of my 8 pairs of reading glasses cause an impression on the sides of my nose. Aside from the two neurologists I have had five set of blood tests (all normal except for a high amalyese reading), an EMG/nerve test, abdominal ultrasound, abdominal CT scan, barium test. They have ruled out diseases like fibromyalgia, arthritis, GERD (still waiting for the celiac results to come back).

Any ideas especially those of the indentions would be greatly appreciated. Could it be water retention even though the doctors have said that there is no swelling........


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  • Ask for thyroid tests: TSHFree T4, Free T3, Anti TPOand TRAS. Could be thyroid problems... Kiera
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  • Funny you talke about the socks issue as my Japanese mother-in-law recently warned me about wearing socks that leave tight marks on the body....I didn't listen carefully (sorry) but did understand that it is a bad thing to wear tight socks.... Now I also get the marks from socks and the red marks from my glass from time to time as you do. I chalk it up to menopause symptoms and all the crazy things that go on with that....given your age...even if you have passed through the tunnel, it is possible you are experiencing residual symptoms of the "curse". Yes, ditto the thryoid thing. It is SOOOO common for women out age to also develop thryoid problems. Blood test is simple but do be sure to get all the other poster listed and keep in mind that a TSH over 3.0 is suspicious for hypothryoid and you may need treatment for this. Joan
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  • thanks ladies,i am going to go over my blood results and see if in fact they did run any of those tests. I was thinking along those lines as well, that it's probably some sort of glandular or menopausal thing.will keep you posted.............
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