Here is my saga...38years--female
*Sept 1999- developed a "sleeping sickness", low grade fever, twitching, extreme fatigue, heavy arms and legs, lack of concentration, vertigo.
This lasted for 3 months. My husband and I made jokes about nerve gas crowd control before the millenium.:eek: Sounds like something out of the twilight zone.;)
*February 2000- all of the above plus stabbing (not shooting) pain, jumping from mid forearm to toes to fingers to middle of hand to middle thigh to center of foot, not in exact order. Pain sometimes debilitating. Continued through Christmas 2000.
*2001 and 2002 became a jumbled blur of pain and bouts of depression. I was diagnosed with depression -not sadness(brought on by pain) and took meds until my pregnancy in Dec. 2002.
* During pregnancy I was symptom free and felt healthy and vibrant,
except diagnosed with Reynauds. Baby born in August 2003.
* June 2004-all symptoms except depression returned intermittently.
* February 2006- symptoms flare up lasting 3 days to 2 months.
New symptoms-- abdomen swelling, headache,rash on chest, bright red across nose and on chin, extreme hair loss, insomnia-due to pain, and so many more. I do not have the depression. Fair ups are lasting longer and friends are starting to notice something wrong. I have gained 70 lbs in 5 years.
* My doctor wants me to go on antidep's. I need to know the underlying cause and not just treat the symptoms. Advice anyone?