I fell ill at work, with what seemed like heavy fatigue and cold like symptoms. A colleague took me to the doctor, by which time I also had neck pain and stiffness and some photophobia. I was admitted to hospital with suspected meningitis and septicaemia but the lumbar puncture turned out to be negative. Blood tests showed some kind of infection and I had IVF anti-biotics for about 10 days but septicaemia was not confirmed. Two days after admission I developed unbearable pain in the shoulder area, like a bone pain. The doctors were baffled and neurological tests showed nothing amiss. The MRI scan was clear, except for some stenosis of the upper cervical vertebrae. Meanwhile the shoulder pain got worse and occasional injections of pethidine gave way to an on-demand diamorphine pump, later to this plus further injections whenever I needed them (which was about four hourly). After about two weeks of this the pain gradually went away and I was discharged. It was about two months before I was well enough to return to work. The disquieting thing is that a real diagnosis never seemed to have been reached. Anyone heard of this or similar and know what it was, and/or its cause? I really wouldn't want to go through it again. And I'm concerned that whenever doctors fail to make a diagnosis there is the suspicion that you somehow must have imagined it all.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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