Hi all those who know me especially from the old site, but hello to newies too
I'm struggling today. I've managed to shift the low mood and distress with help from various people but now I'm having problems with my physical health. I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, etc now carpel tunnel as well but nerve conduction tests show it's not due to a trapped nerve, so more investigations and NOW my legs have been swollen like balloons for two weeks, from below the knee. My feet look huge and I can only get one pair of shoes on and even those hurt, sitting makes me legs ache, standing makes them even worse, walking does help but only after about 20 minutes and of course who wants to stand up to walk when it hurts to do that - I do, but reluctantly! I have lots of other symptoms suggesting over-active thyroid and asked my GP to do TF tests, she simply said they were done a year ago, told me a joke about another patient who self-diagnosed (the GP and I usually get on well so it didn't feel rude) then did blood tests for everything but TF! She wouldn't let me take water tablets until she knows my kidney and liver function results, although when I researched they said long term use of water tablets be a counter-indication whereas I just wanted to take them every other day until the results of the blood tests come through. So now I'm having to do almost nothing because my legs are too sore and she won't let me take responsibility for something the research says is ok. Grrrr. I know it's my body, but for heavens sake, I am an educated intelligent woman and I can make some decisions for myself about my own body. I do have the feeling of dependence when there's no need at all for it - I don't mind when there's a need but not when it's just a question of power and protecting backs. Sorry that's my rant over!