I was ill in 2008 for 7 months and now I may be starting to feel the same symptoms again. Never got a DX in '08...doc said I was "stressed" which really bothers me to this date - since I don't know what was wrong back then, I don't know if maybe I'm unknowingly exposing myself to some toxin, bacteria, fungus, or what.
Started with light sensitivity and dizziness, i woke up @ 5am one morning, my eyes shot open and the room was violently spinning for some time. From that day on, I felt weird pain/inflamed feeling on both sides of the back of my neck (this feeling at the neck came and went. When it was happening, I didn't feel like I was completely there, cognitively - I wouldn't speak, wouldn't move my head). I became much dizzier when I put my chin to my chest. That same inflamed feeling went down the back of my left thigh. Other symptoms were: swollen gums, rapid heartbeat at times; had an episode where I experienced sudden, severe pain in my right lower jaw, which radiated down my neck. At a doctor's appt, the blood pressure cuff caused something to "bust" in my arm when the cuff tightened; same sort of thing happened around my collar bone area...caused pain for weeks. I got this red circular patch on my inner elbow that stayed for 2 weeks.
As far as test results, HIV was negative, as well as herpes, syphilis and other std's; the inflammation in my body was 4x what it should be (80), however, the test for Lupus was negative (ESR, I think?). MRI of the neck and brain were normal; stress test was normal . They did a spinal tap, checking for meningitis or west nile, which was negative. I know I'm not a doctor, but here's what this lay person felt like.....it felt like my blood vessels were inflamed by something, causing some of them to bust, which caused the unexplained bruising, limb numbness.
At present, last week, I was at the mall walking and all the sudden, I couldn't walk. I couldn't bear any weight on my left leg....intense pain when standing, going from my groin, down my inner thigh, then crossing at my knee and going down the outside calf. Docs say it's a pinched nerve, but now I'm feeling that weird "inflamed" feeling going down the back of my leg again, like 2 yrs ago, as well as the pain and numbness in my arms and wrists when pulling on things. MRI of spine is normal, but a CT showed 2 minor bulging discs on lumbar spine.
I hope I'm not starting the same thing as in 2008. Any thoughts?