Hello. I thought I'd share my symptoms and treatment. Maybe others might see how I have become more productive.
OK - I am in my mid 30s. Male. No drugs, light alcohol experience. Athletic. Educated. Midwest childhood. Army Veteran. Professional. Very high pain tolerance. Currently 215lbs/73". Married w/ 2 step children.
-hand pain and weakness for 10+ years
-foot pain for 10+ years.
-both hands and feet used to be constantly cold - no longer the case (probably due to prescriptions)
-trouble holding things, or picking them up (constantly dropping screws, pens, etc)
-significant brain fog increase over last 10 years
-constant feeling like I've been beat up
-feet feel like I've just run a marathon, although I sit most of the day (with good shoes)
-hands always feel like I've "tug-of-war'd", even with light use (driving, eating, etc)
-increased anxiety over last 10 years, stabilized with prescriptions
-depression (possible result because of above)
-poor sleep habits (even extended sleep periods feel non-productive)
-moderate blood pressure/HR
-neurological - nothing
-endocrine - nothing (other than light fatty liver)
-rhumatic - nothing
-sleep study - nothing
-pediatrist - nothing
-ENT - nothing
-MRI/CAT - nothing
-massage/acupuncture - nothing
-Lyme/other retro virus tests (2) - nothing
there could be more that I've missed...
-Prescriptions - Lyrica, Cymbalta, Tramadol, Welbutin, anti-anflamatory (forgotton name) for nearly 4 years, with slight adjustments to no effect
-semi-regular exercise (2-3 days per week)
-poor/fair breakfast/lunch, very healthy dinner (typical)
-occasional use of prescription opiate when necessary (1-3 every couple weeks)
-elevated heart rate/hypertension (almost stage II)
My interpretation - I've gone from an assumed 100%, progressively down to maybe 40%, and back up to a typical 70% after medicating. I still deal with hand/foot pain, fatigue, cloudiness, constipation (meds), 50lbs gained in 1+ year (meds) and now stabilized, ravenous (meds), semi-effective sleep. I have a sustained quality of life, but remain curious about an improvement. Leaning towards Lyme... Considering a gluten-free phase...
I provide the above as an aid to reference, for anyone who shares my symptoms. I barely comment publicly, and may never see any questions or replies. Good luck.
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