Hello. I've been reading the posts on this website and it seems like there are alot of people out there who are suffering and having a difficult time finding answers from doctors. I am in the same boat. This is my story:
I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl 5 months ago via vaginal delivery using epidural for pain control. I was stuck numerous times before the epidural finally kicked in. I developed a spinal headache soon after and had a blood patch done to take care of that which worked and the headache went away. I was fine for a while after that except that the right side of my body felt kind of strange. It's hard to describe. I guess the best way to desctibe it is that it felt weaker. Two months after giving birth I started experiencing strange sensations. I guess the are called parasthesias. Here is a list of my symptoms:
Big toe pain: right foot
Weird sensitivity to touch on top of right foot
Muscle achiness: thigh
Muscle achiness upon use: upper right arm and some on left upper arm
Feet feel cold from inside but not to touch
Cold prickly sensations throughout body
Feel speech is weird: harder to annunciate
Back is achy: feels like bones are rubbing against each other, sometimes feels like hot needle being stuck in back
Shoulders achy, but not to touch
Slight ringing in ears, sometimes right, sometimes left
Right upper arm feels weaker when doing things; fatigues easily
Bruising easily for no reason
Small red spots, mostly on arms
Pain in collarbone
Pain in hands, joints of fingers
Right calf muscle cramp
Cold prickly sensation in feet
Some achiness in lower arms
Have had rib pain in the past, gone now
Have had more headaches than usual
Woken from sleep by weird sensations like twitching or electric shock type feelings
Trouble falling asleep
Painful menstrual cramps, often accompanied by diarrhea, loss of appetite, some back pain (have always had this)
Head feels like it’s too heavy for neck to hold up
About 85% of these symptoms I experience mostly on the right side of my body. I went to a neurologist who said that I had a normal exam and thought it might be stress. I went to my GP who said fibromylagia after a very quick exam. I think this is questionable at best. I went to a rheumotologist to get a second opinion on the fibro and she said no way. I've been taking klonopin for anxiety and just started magnesium supplements. Most recently I've been very distressed at what seems like weakness in my right arm. Doing simple things like haning laundry makes my right arm feel like I've done 20 reps with a 100lb dumbbell. Very frustrating. Also my WBC is low, and it wasn't back in February. Don't know if this is related or not. Anyway, as you can tell this is complicated. I think that I could almost buy the whole stress thing except that most of my symptoms are present primarily on the right side of my body. I just don't know what to think anymore and am scared and confused. And to top it all off I am stuck going to military doctors because my husband is in the military and we don't have additional insurance. I have nothing against military doctors except that it takes forever to get an appointment and they tend to be economical when it comes to running tests, etc. I am worried that this something serious and nobody is taking me seriously. If anyone has any insight please help!! My husband is deployed right now and I am home with two small kiddos and I'm worrying myself sick!! Thank you!
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