I am currently a university student. In December, 2006 I noticed that I was having wrist pain. Being a farm kid, I attributed it to some unknown injury and ignored it. By March of the following year, the pain had not abated. In fact, it got so severe that I went to see a doctor at a walk-in clinic. He informed me that I had tendentious and should take ibuprofen until it healed. So I did.
Unfortunately, it didn't heal. So I went to see another doctor. He ran a bunch of blood tests, discovered my esr was through the roof (esr is how fast your blood separates into white blood and everything else, mine was moving too fast). So he hummed and hawed and gave me a tentative diagnosis of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis. That was last september.
By this time the joint pain had moved to include my ankles. By January I was feeling fatigued, my knees and shoulders were also being impacted, and my wrists had worsened to the point where I lost my ability to handwrite.
Now I saw another doctor, a rheumatoid specialist, and he tells me that I don't have rheumatoid arthritis but instead I have a sleep disorder. (That was ~a week ago)
His theory is I hurt myself, which prevented my body from hitting lvl 4 sleep (aka delta sleep). This is the important stage that resets you and makes you ready to get up in the morning. Then, because I was missing this stage, my esr built up, which caused my joints to hurt. My muscles didn't start reseting themselves, so they are also a little tender. So my prescription is soft music, meditation, and light exercise.
Now this sounds like a happy ending, but there are a few factors that have me head banging.
1. I figure that if I had a sleep disorder for that long (1 1/2 yrs.) it would have had a severe impact on my ability to concentrate, aka my grades, which didn't drop. In fact they got a little better...
2. If I am missing the stage he thinks I'm missing, it is pretty much the equivalent of napping instead of sleeping. Now if I was napping was my primary form of sleep for over a year, I think I'd have some pretty noticeable psychological backlash. Yet I haven't. My moods are stable, my emotions are stable, yes I've had a few bouts of anxiety, but chronic pain takes the blame for that. My 5 senses aren't playing any tricks on me, and though my energy levels are lower, I am still alert and able to file things into my long term memory. And I haven't had any psychotic episodes and bitten anybody.
3. It is possible that the sleep disorder is something new that was caused by my *mysterious pain* or by the steroids my 2nd doctor put me on. So it could be a secondary cause (don't get me wrong, I'm rooting for primary, but you can understand why I am a little hesitant to immediately believe)
So I'll try the music and the relaxation, give 2 months and if it doesn't get any better I'm gonna riot. It'll be great. I'll keep you updated
But in the meantime has anyone ever heard of anything like this? Does anyone have any more information or similar experience?
Note- my current symptoms are
joint pain-wrists, shoulders and ankles, all symmetrical
high esr (blood sedimentation rate)
"popping" of the affected joints (I sound like Rice Krispies)
fatigue(easing off since I started listening to soft music)
symptoms I don't have
bone damage (x-rays are clean)
syphilis<-tested for both
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