I don't come on this blogsite very often as I tend to come online when I am depressed and use the action on depression link, but I've just found some really useful info on other people's blogs on this link and so thought I would ask about one of my problems.
I have been depressed for much of my life following an emotionally isolated childhood and breakdown when I was 11 and left to care for myself. Physically I have arthritis - spondylitis of the neck which results in pain radiating down to my hands - carpal tunnel has been ruled out by nerve conduction tests and my own guess is trapped nerves due to inflammation. I regularly get bursitis and tendonitis of the shoulders, especially when I wake in the mornings if my neck is not supported well enough by the pillow. I have diagnosed fibromyalgia - luckily the consultant was thorough and respectful and confirmed my own understanding - I had researched and understood the link between my emotionally traumatic history and my physical pain and she confirmed my pain in the key points on both sides of the body so I felt validated which helped. I also have IBS which links with the other symptoms. I also have arthritis of the knees and hips and experience painful sciatica if I walk around a supermarket without the support of a trolley or any distance outdoors although at times I can manage, it's fairly unpredictable but the pain is frequent and extreme. I'm beginning to get water retention and very swollen lower legs, also pain in my feet which I think probably relates to pre-diabetes although that hasn't been diagnosed.
Why I'm writing now though is that at times I experience my joints completely giving way and wonder whether that's a common effect of the arthritis? I can be walking around the house, perhaps going up or downstairs, and suddenly almost collapse due to an extreme sharp spasm of pain and a weakness in one or other of my knees. I also sometimes have a similar problem with my elbows or wrists, not as often but when I do I almost drop things. The pain is so intense that I cry out loudly. I'd really appreciate any information or ideas anyone has about what may be causing the above and what I can do about any of my symptoms as it's useful being able to call on other people's direct experience.
Having read the other blogs I will investigate having thyroid functions tests done privately via thyroid uk and will also think about whether to see my GP about going on Cymbalta which is apparently good for fibro and depression.
Any further advice or suggestions would be really welcomed. Thanks, and I hope you all have a pain free week.