I've seen my family doctor, a rheumatologist, and infectious disease specialist, a vascular surgeon, and on orthopedic surgeon. I've had more blood drawn than I care to think about and I've had a couple of x-rays.
Results? No answers. Everything is normal. I have Raynaud's.....which I've known for a while and it doesn't bother me much at all. And just a few days ago, I was told the excruciating pain in my foot that hit me a couple of weeks ago is gout. GOUT?
The rheumatologist put me on prednisone (a low dose, I guess). I felt less pain while on the 20mg but as I started to decrease the dose to wean off, the pain returned to normal. I hate prednisone, by the way. It makes me an emotional mess!!! I will NOT take that again unless I absolutely have to.
I've struggled with not knowing exactly where my pain is located....and I know that sounds weird. I couldn't tell if it was muscular or in my joints. I believe it is in my joints now. This foot pain seems to be starting in the joint at the base of my big toe and I feel how the pain radiates throughout my foot and even up my leg at times. I feel as if my wrists and fingers are getting stiff. My knees and ankles feel that way too. It could be my muscles aching...but I am thinking more that it is in my joints.
Anyway....I want to feel better. I want the pain to go away. I know none of this can happen without a diagnosis. I've heard the word "fibromyalgia" many times and I admit that some of the symptoms match up quite perfectly. I don't know that I have the "trigger points" that I've read about, but I do have many of the other lists symptoms. I've also had many people tell me that it's probably just stress. I've been told to "be happier" and things will get better. Exercise and I'll feel great. Well...I'd love to do both of those, but the way I feel is getting in the way.
I want to try to keep this blog going as a journal....so that maybe I can look for triggers or patterns. Anything to help get to the bottom of my mystery health situation.