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joint aches and fatigue.... : (

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  • Posted By: nursingstudent
  • September 19, 2007
  • 04:12 AM

For about 3 years now I seem to get sick very often. It started my jr year of high school when I got Mono. This lasted for about a month and I missed alot of school. Ever since then I have get sick very easily and often suffer from joint pain in my knees, ankles, and feet and also have headaches. My PCP tested me for many things since it was interfering with life alot however, all the tests came back negative. He tested my liver enzymes, thyroid, ANA, tested me for lyme and also rheumatoid arthritis. I will be ok for a couple of months and then I'll get sick for about a month with severe fatigue, joint pain, achey throat (may be due to allergies) aching jaw, and malaise. Recently I went to an ENT and he diagnosed me with chronic sinusitis and multiple polyps in my sinuses. My sinuses were a mess! I got surgery a month ago and figured that was the reason I was getting sick so often and all my problems would be solved. I am still having very achey joints especially at night or when I am resting it is so uncomfortable and painful that sometimes i cant get to sleep or it awakens me from my sleep. One time I awakened in the night with a strange burning/tingling in my right hand and about a week ago I woke up and my whole right leg was numb from my hip to my toes. I dont know if these occurences were just coincidences or what. I am in nursing school now and dont have time to be sick!!!! I feel awful and stupid because I am constantly tired and at such a young age (19) I feel like I shouldn't be having these problems. In October I am going to see an Allergist and have shots and also a Rhuematologist. I hope I find out why all of this is happening. :(




I also have an itchy skin rash on my legs and chest with discoloration, the Dr. gave me lotion so hopefully it clears up.

Any suggestions?? Please help!

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  • Has the doctor ever considered testing you for ana for lupus. The rash is a give away that it could possibly be this autoimmune disease. Just a thought something to mention to your dr on the next visit
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 04:50 PM
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  • Sounds like my symptoms...and I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune diesease, Lupus....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 20, 2007
    • 10:54 AM
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  • I had mono when I was young in high school and I swear I never felt the same since then. I don't have lupus or anything, but I got sick easy, tired and just plain didn't feel like myself anymore. I think mono has a lasting affect.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 02:39 AM
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  • You may want to consider getting tested for Lyme. Lyme can cause joint problems that can become very severe. If you do get tested, I suggest using Bowen or Igenex Labs. Traditional hospital testing is pretty useless (I know you are in nursing, but please listen, especially to this point. I am a DC and have had some patients we were pretty sure they had it and the local hospitals have tested and said no. Other testing we did confirmed it.) Lyme is very serious and can imitate many other diseases. You may want to go to www.lymenet.org to see some info and posts from those that do have it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 30, 2007
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  • Thanks for your suggestions and ideas however I have been tested for Lupus and Lyme multiple times but all of my tests come back normal. I am going to see a few different specialists and hopefully we can figure it out. My PCP and I are thinking Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. However if this is my diagnosis there is not much I can do about it. Ughh Ill just have to wait and see. : ( very frustrating though.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2007
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  • Well I have been tested for lyme multiple times by my PCP and they have all came back negative. He also said that even if it was a false negative he has treated me several times already for lyme with antibiotics so it should not be the problem. I am going to an allergist, rheumatologist, and and ID specialist in the following months so hopefully they can sort through it. I might ultimately end up with a diagnosis of CFS.:confused:
    nursingstudent 3 Replies
    • October 2, 2007
    • 05:31 PM
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  • I know this sounds on the wild side BUT the tests done for your possible lyme are useless. Many PCPs use the local lab and hospital tests and think they are accurate but they are not. That is why I suggested Bowen or Igenex as the only really accurate tests. The antibiotic treatment response is not a good indicator either. If you catch the lyme within the first month then antiobiotics can perhaps nail it. But if NOT within the first month of getting it, then the antiobiotics are pretty useless. Traditional MDs have just really begun looking at lyme, and when they do, it is done poorly. I will stand behind that statement anywhere, anytime.When tested correctly for lyme with Bowen and Igenex about 90% of CFS sufferers show positive for lyme. Traditional docs do not know what they are doing when it comes to lyme. My intent here is to reduce the amount of suffering you are going through and perhaps get effective treatment started ASAP instead of testing you incorrectly and running you around for more years. Most docs will not admit that they really do not know about something. I am a DC in OH and my scope of practice allows me to so many things, not just adjust spines. That is why I made myself aware of what lyme really is, how it really presents and what may help it. I am not trying to be rude, just trying to increase your awareness of what may be really going on.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 02:00 AM
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