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What's wrong?

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  • Posted By: Juicer name
  • March 7, 2009
  • 00:42 AM

These are my symptoms:

* lower back pain
* side pain
* abdominal pain
* groin/pelvis pain
* back tingling (like a couple of times)
* foot numbness (^^)
* shoulder pain
* stiff neck
* left leg pain in the shin area that's gotten progressively worse (sometimes present in left ankle and/or right shin/ankle)
* ankle tenderness
* pain worse at night and when lying down
* small lump right under knee caps and behind big toes (probably from standing on my knees on a hard surface so it should probably be disregarded)
* weird crunching sound in neck when moving head from side-to-side

All of the symptoms listed above started about a month ago (except for the leg pain) when I had the flu. The pain isn't constant and ranges from mild to at worst moderate, the most severe being the leg pain that can make me really not want to walk on that leg. Neck stiffness and shoulder aches can also bother me alot.

Other symptoms that have been around for quite awhile (or, in some cases, I'm just not sure whether they are fresh or not) and may or may not be relevant:

* sudden hotness and sweating
* frequent urination
* foamy urine (not always)
* lack of energy
* difficulty falling asleep
* swollen, reddish feet sometimes
* headaches, usually in the morning (not that often though)
* sudden nausea that goes away quickly
* occassional dizziness
* difficulties concentrating
* sometimes difficulty starting urination
* disliking of bright lights and loud sounds

That is all.

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  • I don't want to make you panic, my friend, but some of this is sounding cancer-y. There is a bone cancer called multiple myeloma that can cause the symptoms you describe. The tingling thing could suggest MS, instead, though. Or lupus. Lupus and MS both cause mysterious pain and can manifest with almost any nonspecific symptom. Anyway, you. Doctor. Now.
    MissPickwickian 15 Replies Flag this Response
  • I went to the doc last week and he took some blood samples (checking blood sugar, sedimentation rate and something with the liver) and a urine sample (checking for urinary tract infection). Nothing abnormnal was found. In other news I had a pretty bad headache all day long and some watery stuff dripped from my nose just recently. Edit: and the thermometer says I have a fever.
    Juicer name 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • * lower back pain - spine* side pain - not sure* abdominal pain - not sure* groin/pelvis pain - spine* back tingling (like a couple of times) - spine* foot numbness(^^) - spine* shoulder pain - spine* stiff neck - spine* left leg pain in the shin area that's gotten progressively worse (sometimes present in left ankle and/or right shin/ankle) - spine* ankle tenderness - could be spine related, could be something else* pain worse at night and when lying down* small lump right under knee caps and behind big toes (probably from standing on my knees on a hard surface so it should probably be disregarded) - not sure* weird crunching sound in neck when moving head from side-to-side - spine* sudden hotness and sweating - not sure* frequent urination - could be spine, could be urinary* foamy urine (not always) - could be anything* lack of energy - thyroid? lack of vitamins/nutrition in general?* difficulty falling asleep- migraines/insomnia/* swollen, reddish feet sometimes - not sure* headaches, usually in the morning (not that often though) - migraines* sudden nausea that goes away quickly - migraines?* occassional dizziness - migraines?* difficulties concentrating - migraines* sometimes difficulty starting urination - spine related?* disliking of bright lights and loud sounds - migraines? Your list makes this a lot easier! Here is what I am thinking you should start with... The back, pelvis, groin, shoulder, leg and neck pain/problems as well as the foot numbness make me think you should see an orthopedic surgeon to get things checked out. The urinary problems could indicate a lumbar spine problem, you should have a lumbar MRI and make sure that you don't have a herniated disc. If you go to an orthopedic surgeon make sure you try physical therapy and epidural injections before you consider surgery an option. If they can't link your urinary problems to your spine go see a urologist if the symptoms persist. FYI: If your urinary symptoms get significantly worse (incontinence) or you get bowel problems or get numbness in your groin you need to go to the ER immediately. The headaches, dizziness, concentration problems, disliking lights and sounds, and nausea make me think that you need to see a neurologist and see if you have migraines or something similar, make sure the neurologist specializes in headaches otherwise you may be misdiagnosed. For the lack of energy, you need to get a good night's sleep, have you tried taking melatonin? It's over the counter take it 30-45 min before you want to fall asleep and see if it works for you. Do you take vitamins and eat healthy? If not consider taking a multivitamin to boost your energy.
    SpineGirl 64 Replies Flag this Response
  • Bump.I've been to 3 doctors now and one of em told me I have a slightly asymmetrical back, which most likely caused some of these symptoms.Lately, I've been getting headaches and dizziness more frequently, the abdominal/groin pain has worsened a bit, the leg pain is gone and chest pain has joined the party. I think there might be something fishy about my circulatory system because there's throbbing and flushing. My heart and blood pressure is fine though.What's weird is that I'm losing hair on my legs.I don't take any vitamins, but I think I eat pretty healthy and I usually get my 7-8 hours of sleep because I rarely have to get up early.
    Juicer name 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have a new symptom, diarrhea. Other than that, nothing has changed or worsened.
    Juicer name 3 Replies Flag this Response
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