For about 3 or 4 years I had been feeling tired. When I turned 40 (42 now) I assumed it was my age until last year on a trip to San Francisco that I kept making excuses to take breaks from walking. I was always very active prior to that trip. Four years ago I asked my GP to check my thyroid because my mother has hypothyroidism but he did just one basic screening and said I was a low but normal - that maybe i wasn't sleeping well.
We know our bodies, i knew something was wrong.
I am very needle-phobic, yet on my trip I was in such pain in my hands (i was dropping things for weeks by then) I ended up searching for a chinese doctor and had acupuncture. When he held my wrist he asked if my low pulse was normal for me, if not I needed to see my GP when I get home.
(sorry such a long post)
I decided to see an endocrinologist who found a goiter on my right thyroid that I had a biopsy and was fine. Then blood work showed very low vitamin D and of course thyroid antibodies which led to now taking thyroid meds. I immediately felt better after a couple of weeks but....
the pain in my hands and feet came back with a vengeance. I was sent to a rheumatologist who determined I did not have RA but ran more blood work. On my return for results (March 2012) the Nurse Practitioner saw me instead and advised me I had "mild" APS that 81mg of aspirin should take care of it and to take Naproxin for any pain. She didn't seem concerned at all and made light of it.
Well here I am 5 months later with a lot of pain and can't help but feel alone here. Everyone around me sees me healthy on the outside so it is hard for them to imagine the physical pain and emotional pain I am in. Typing this hurts my fingers.
I am glad I found this site - I only wish I had sooner.
Does anyone else have these pains where at the end of the day your feet and ankles hurt, and your hands/fingers hurt? My fingers get extremely painful doing anything for a few minutes - like blow drying my hair to give an example.
Could it be I have something else too? They already ruled out Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Thanks for listening....I feel better knowing I have just let it all out to others who will truly understand me.