Hi. This is my first post so I apologize if I do something wrong.
Got CT results today & they are clear (chest, abdomen & pelvis). Only labs abnormal (some others are high or low but within normal limits) are ESR of 111, CRP of 10.5, Albumin of 3.3 -if you want any of the other results please ask. Have had the following symptoms for the past 2.5 years, growing increasingly stronger: upper left-sided abdominal pain that is a constant dull ache; heart rate of 95 - 125 a min. (usually 75 to 80); BPs of 90s over 60s, usually 110 over 70; low-grade fevers with chills at times; fatigue requiring naps at times; chronic small, non-productive cough (no TB as I am constantly tested as an RN); shortness of breath, sometimes have to breathe with pursed lips; nausea at times, mostly in early morning (not pregnant, am menopausal); diarrhea several times a week, even when formed it's 4 plus times daily (normally 1 daily or every other day), sometimes clay colored; insomnia due to the discomfort or chills; sometimes flu-like aches; bruise very easily.
47 yr old female with hx of rheumatoid & psoriatic arthritis since the age of 20, am in remission in joint pain & swelling; rheumatic fever at 20 with a heart murmur but the murmur only lasted about 5 years & no trace of it now; skull fx (battle sign under R ear), R elbow & acetabulem broken as well in a horse accident; migraines after the skull fx & briefly earlier this year but no abnormalities in brain scans then or now; c-section in '87; kidney stone from L side in fall of 2006 & again in 2008; several pre-melanomas removed in fall of 2008 & spring of 2009, having several removed & biopsied after Thanksgiving - am high risk as my dad & several aunts & grandmother have had melanoma; several with pancreatic cancer (closest is an aunt that died in 2006 - my doc at that time had me have a colonoscopy & endoscopy as a screening in Jan 2007 & they were clear); never smoked, might drink 6 Michelob Ultras a year; 40 lb. weight loss the last 5 months - now weight 135; L knee synvisced in Jan & July of this year, was boggy with heat in August but is improving. Am off meds for 1 week, was on Methotrexate 6 2.5mg once weekly, prednisone 20 mg daily for the previous 3 weeks to try to see if there was a difference in symptoms; was on Humira for a couple of years but was stopped when pre-melanomas developed & potassium & vitamin d deficiencies while on it. Spent August on prenatal vitamins & no other meds at all to see if I could build up my system with no improvement.
I am not a hypochondriac, haven't brought it up until recently as I thought it would pass but it's getting to the point that I am sooo tired of feeling like this. It is different from the typical fatigue & fevers one gets with arthritis, I am well familiar with that.
Any ideas? If you have any questions, please ask as I may have forgotten something as my first post was lost due to time-out. I am getting desperate.
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