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I could be a patient for Dr. House!

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  • Posted By: Paidraich
  • October 25, 2006
  • 11:48 AM

As much as I'm able to laugh about it, I'm another multiple-symptom person that needs a detective more than a doctor.

I'm a 45 y.o. m, heavy drinker with a history of kidney stones (uric acid).
I could stand to lose 25-30 lbs.
I'm hypertensive.
I have hypothyroidism.
I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both hands.
I have psoriasis.
I am starting to think that I am exhibiting symptoms of fibromyalgia - fatigue and bone and joint pain most notable there.

My meds include Diovan for HBP, Synthroid for the thyroid issue and Alopurinol to control uric acid. I take Mobic at times for the CTS.

I suspect, and no doctor has ever been willing to run with this one, that I have some sort of underlying autoimmune issue that somewhat afffects all of my symptoms. Unfortunately there's no single test to confirm my suspicions, but my quality of life has been slipping gradually over the last few years. I've been a guitar player for over 35 years and the CTS is prohibiting that. I wonder if my joint pain and fatigure are more of gout-like symptoms than fibromyalgic. Obviously I need to make some dietary decisions. And I need to exercize. A LOT!

Does this sound familiar to anyone??

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  • what about diabetes
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
    • 05:20 PM
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  • I am borderline high sugar at times, as well.
    Paidraich 1 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
    • 09:30 PM
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  • Yes some of this sounds very familiar. Have Doctors test you for HLA-B27 gene. A lot of doctors miss this I know. My husband has Psorasis, he is HLA-B27 positive. My son and I also are we all have aching, etc. Look up Ankylosing Spondylitis. Sometimes antibiotics help us. My son also has aprimary immune deficiency, look up this too. Another one doctors miss!!Good Luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 03:19 AM
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  • Just wrote the previous reply. Were you tested for Gout? Hey, you have to stop drinking and take care of your self. Do you think you have a problem? If you need help to quit, there is Alcoholics Anonymous. I went there 23 years ago, I am still sober. They cared about me until I could care about myself. I still belong to AA. They are my family. They truly love me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 03:30 AM
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  • I feel your pain -- I have Hashimoto's (hypothyroid) and another autoimmune disease, and I'm trying to get a diagnosis for what my doctors think is a third autoimmune disease. My primary care doc has joked that he's going to have to send me to the Mayo Clinic one of these days, and I'm trying to get him hooked on House, mostly just for the fun of it, but also in case it happens to jog his memory with regard to my case. Also, I had CTS in high school, about three years before I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's. And all three of my brothers and my father have psoriasis, so I'm fairly familiar with that one, too.Given the things you've already been diagnosed with, I would suggest that you investigate related issues with those first before looking into other things like Fibromyalgia. CTS can be caused and worsened by undertreated hypothyroid, so request that your doctors run a full thyroid panel, including Free T3, Free T4, Total T3, Total T4, and thyroid antibodies. You may want to look into seeing an endocrinologist about your thyroid issues, if you aren't already. Your doctors should also look into your liver function, since poor liver function will slow down the conversion of T4 (which is what Synthroid is) into T3, which is what all the cells in your body need. My understanding is that poor liver function along with hypothyroidism could also cause/worsen CTS. Also have your doctors look into psoriatic arthritis, which might explain the joint pain. Have them check your blood count and your sed rate, as well. Beyond that, do what you can on your own to get healthy. I found that doctors were much more willing to investigate my multiple strange symptoms once I lost the extra weight I had and started eating healthy. Exercise has been difficult for me, since my primary complaint is joint pain, which is exacerbated by most forms of exercise. I have made a concerted effort to find exercise that I can do (mostly swimming or ballet-type warm up and stretching, for no more than 30 minutes a day), and that alone has made my doctors more willing to try to track down what is wrong with me. Once doctors can't blame your problems on your weight, diet, blood pressure, cholesterol, or exercise levels, they seem much more willing to put the extra time and effort into solving (or at least treating) a bizarre case.~Ryot
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 07:55 PM
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  • Please look into celiac disease. Psoriasis has a strong association with the disease, and thyroid problems have an even stronger association. It is in fact an autoimmune disease in which your body treats a particular food (gluten) as a virus and sends your entire immune system on high alert. Even thing you discribe sounds very familar. And 1 in 100 adults have it and one in 133 of the entire population( children and all also have it). Simply ask your doctor to oder the test from prometheus labs or the mayo clinic...DON'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER.I hope all goes well...ps dont start a gluten free diet before the test.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2006
    • 08:50 AM
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  • As much as I'm able to laugh about it, I'm another multiple-symptom person that needs a detective more than a doctor. I'm a 45 y.o. m, heavy drinker with a history of kidney stones (uric acid).I could stand to lose 25-30 lbs.I'm hypertensive.I have hypothyroidism.I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both hands.I have psoriasis.I am starting to think that I am exhibiting symptoms of fibromyalgia - fatigue and bone and joint pain most notable there. My meds include Diovan for HBP, Synthroid for the thyroid issue and Alopurinol to control uric acid. I take Mobic at times for the CTS. I suspect, and no doctor has ever been willing to run with this one, that I have some sort of underlying autoimmune issue that somewhat afffects all of my symptoms. Unfortunately there's no single test to confirm my suspicions, but my quality of life has been slipping gradually over the last few years. I've been a guitar player for over 35 years and the CTS is prohibiting that. I wonder if my joint pain and fatigure are more of gout-like symptoms than fibromyalgic. Obviously I need to make some dietary decisions. And I need to exercize. A LOT! Does this sound familiar to anyone??THE FIRST THING DOCTOR HOUSE WOULD DO IS CHECK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE SCHLEROSIS. FATIGUE,PAIN,ETC. ARE ALL SYMPTOMS. GO TO A GOOD NEUROLOGIST AND HAVE AN MRI DONE ON BOTH YOUR BRAIN AND SPINE. YOU CAN HAVE IT ON BOTH OR ONE OR THE OTHER. GOOD LUCK.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
    • 04:29 AM
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