I have had fibromyalgia for a number of years, so all usual symptoms - widespread pain, fatigue, IBS, insomnia, etc. Why is that any further symptoms are always put down to this??
I had a slipped disc 7 years ago but it was undiognosed for 8 months so progressively got worse. Top and bottom of it, I ended up with 3 operations and now left with nerve damage and constant pain in my back and down my right leg and foot.
I also started with tingling in my hands and feet, lose my balance which makes me stumble over
On a medication review I mentioned that my arms were going dead while I was asleep and this was waking me up. My GP referred me to a physio to check for carpel tunnel. On her assessment she referred me back to my GP because my overall symptoms were very similar to MS. So I saw a neurologist. He did several tests and these came back negative to MS and Parkinson's. So discharged by him although he did mention cognitive therapy. As if I've not managed to live with illness for so many years as well as bringing up 3 children and working.
Then a few months ago I started with tightness and pain across my chest. Several more visits to the GP and no conclusive reason for this.
Lots of symptoms I have ignored or put down to the fibromyalgia or I just end up thinking I never get anywhere so just don't bother to mention to the Dr.
But with the chest pain I have done some more research and thought of lupus.
I do get a red blotchey rash across my face and chest which stops across the top of my arms. This first appeared about 3 years ago but thought nothing of it. It comes out if I get warm or in the sun, but then goes off again.
I suffer with dry, itchy ears and skin but again never tied this with anything else.
So I asked my GP if I could get tested for lupus. I had the blood tests a week or so ago and just went for the results today and guess what everything has come back at normal levels.
Could it still be lupus???