Scared and Exhausted02/18/2012 11:02:20
My issues started about 4 months ago with pain in the tops of my feet. Any shoes I wear make the pain worse. Then pain then spread to my ankles, knees, elbows, hands and fingers. The fatigue is the worst - I am getting exhausted just trying to carry a bag of groceries into the house or fold the laundry. I've been having trouble with my vision - blurriness that comes and goes, and chest pain. I feel like I have had the flu for two months. I have something on my face, chest, and the backs of my upper arms but I'm not sure if its a rash or something else..just this flat redness that makes me look like i'm wearing blush and I can't ever cover it up with makeup. I've lost 20 pounds since Christmas even though I haven't changed diet or been exercising. My muscles in my arms and legs burn like I've got 20lb weights strapped to them and picking up a jug of milk is an effort The lymph node on the left side of my neck is swollen. I'm dizzy all the time and walk around feeling like I'm half drunk. I'm scared that the joint pain and fatigue are permanent. I've been having trouble driving to and from work and that scares me because being able to drive is my independence. I went to my primary doctor and he ran some blood work and told me things looked normal but had no explanation for whats wrong with me, only that I tested negative for RA( my mother has RA and also my paternal Grandmother had it) and that my sed rate was elevated but nothing for concern and brushed me off. I got a copy of my lab results and the doctor didn't mention that my blood counts were abrnormal - from what I can gather from googling I'm anemic. He also didn't mention that my blood CO2 is low but Idon't know what that means. I have an appointment on Wednesday with a Rheumatologist but I'm scared that she won't have any answers for me either. I'm tired and scared and getting through the day is an effort. Is this ever going to get better?
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