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I'm New with Questions

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  • Posted By: kaymac
  • August 3, 2007
  • 01:37 AM

I'm doing my own research. I have questions but would like to lay a little background.

I'm a 43 yr old female who has history of Fibromyalgia for 7 years. I thought for many years I had FM before diagnosed but I became quite ill and sore head to toe and great fatigue, like a virus fell upon me in 2000. It was then I was diagnosed and have battled great muscle pain, sleeping problems, low grade fever, fatigue, etc..... since then.

Prior to my FM diagnosis, I endured 5 Sinus Surgeries due to what they finally discoverd was severe Chronic Fungal Sinusitis, Rhinitis, and Astma which we all linked to Fungal Allergies.

Then a hysterectomy. Then I developed Migraines at the age of 40.

Then my blood pressure stayed high from medications I was on, so I began taking meds to lower it.

For the past 2 years I've battled some thyroid issues. Of all things, my thyroid went wacko and became OVER active. I say that because I'm overweight, and have always displayed symptoms of under active thyroid, but doctors could never confirm. So I took meds to stop my thyroid for a few months and then it stablized and then it went wacko again and then it stablized and now it seems to be fine, other than sluggish again like my adult life.

Next was the heart. I began having rhythm problems the first of the year unlike when the thyroid was acting up. This gave me flutters and other problems that eventually they ruled as "Tachycardia" and placed me on meds. But I still have the spells of breathlessness.

Now knowing all that, I've dealt with pain daily and my normal routine and my normal aches and pain and fatigue that never go away.

Then a couple of months ago my legs became stiff and painful, like a charlie horse in my calf, all the time. Heavy, causing me to trip, fall at times even because I could not pick them up steps high enough.

Then a few weeks ago, it is like I woke up with extreme pain in my toes and fingers, moving up my wrists and ankles. Arthritic type pain unlike I've had with my FM in my feet and hands. Then the burning pain. I went to my medical doctor who checked me for RA and it was negative so he is referring me to a Rheumy, not until the 15th of Aug tho. Meanwhile, the joint pain has spread into my ribs, neck, and back of knees. I have small areas all over my body that suddenly feel hot, like a burn. It radiates all over. My whole feet are sore, and when I get up in the morning, the bones in my feet hurt. The bottoms of my hands burn and feet too. If I hold or grip something or rest my hands on something, it feels like they are burning. Resting my feet on the floor now feels like when you rest them in the front of small cab truck where the engine is and they get hot.
The bends of my fingers feel like there is sores on them, but there is none. And my eyes started burning and feeling blurred and dry, so my eye doctor checked them and said Dry Eye Syndrome. This all happend within a few weeks, the same time.

I've been reading alot of the post here and on arthritis boards. I would like to know if anyone can relate to my history. Anyone who suddenly developed a multitude of symptoms?


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