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symmetrical swelling in muscles of forearms and front of knees

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 18, 2009
  • 01:58 PM

Everything is normal (medical test wise) but the pain comes anyway. My wife is dealing with a difficult health issue. Once a distant runner and excellent athlete, now barely can walk further than 100 yards without pain arriving within hours of the exercise. She has an elevated ANA factor, and a scleroderma factor, but all baseline study came back in the normal range. Her main complaint is after something as non-invasive as a massage causes swelling and pain in her forearms and knees. It can be severe enough that she can't get out of bed. She is taking 15mg of prednisone every other day, Cymbalta, and xanax for the pain. She was diagnosed with ocular myathenia gravis in 1989. ( The prednisone controls the lid lag, and double vision.) We have been to two Rheumatologists, two neurologists, and one internal med doc. No one seems to have any ideas. (The rheumatologists did the testing for scleroderma, and did not diagnose scleroderma.) She has become extremely depressed, and I'm worried beyond words. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Everything is normal (medical test wise) but the pain comes anyway. My wife is dealing with a difficult health issue. Once a distant runner and excellent athlete, now barely can walk further than 100 yards without pain arriving within hours of the exercise. She has an elevated ANA factor, and a scleroderma factor, but all baseline study came back in the normal range. Her main complaint is after something as non-invasive as a massage causes swelling and pain in her forearms and knees. It can be severe enough that she can't get out of bed. She is taking 15mg of prednisone every other day, Cymbalta, and xanax for the pain. She was diagnosed with ocular myathenia gravis in 1989. ( The prednisone controls the lid lag, and double vision.) We have been to two Rheumatologists, two neurologists, and one internal med doc. No one seems to have any ideas. (The rheumatologists did the testing for scleroderma, and did not diagnose scleroderma.) She has become extremely depressed, and I'm worried beyond words. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.I am not a medical dr, however, I am an EMT in the NOrtheast and many times Lyme goes undiagnosed, even though joint pain and inflammation is involved. Has your wife been bitten by a tick or had a "bullseye" or bruise prior to becoming ill?Just a suggestion....Regards adn good luck.
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