Hope someone can help/advise. In 1997 i was involved in a car accident which resulted in whiplash injuries and concussion injuries to most of my joints. Initially I wasn't worried and thought I would be okay after a few weeks. After 2 weeks started getting balance and dizziness problems, sight and hearing issues, right arm going blue up to.elbow and finally blackouts, fits and mini-strokes. After 6 years of seeing neurologists, rheumatologists,psychiatrists etc was finally diagnosed with basilar artery syndrome and joint hypermobility which meant that the joint damage from the accident was permanent. I also had a previous diagnosis of IBS (from 1986) which was later found out to be various food intolerances including gluten.
I also have had reynaud's.since birth.
I have been on strong painkillers since 1997, a combination of ibuprofen, paracetamol and tramadol.
I use a walking frame or crutches.
Over the last 2-3 years my symptoms have become steadily worse especially joint pain, severe fatigue and breathlessness.
2 months ago was called in to doctors as part of well woman programme due to age (48) and found I had anti thyroid antibodies and started on levothyroxine 25mg.
I am very confused now as I have since been told whiplash can cause thyroid problems and all or most of the symptoms over the past 17 years could be caused by low thyroid after all.
I am particularly annoyed as I saw a rheumatologist 2 years ago when my joint pains worsened and she told me "I see you're seeing a psychiatrist, we'll leave it to him to sort you out."!
(Forgot to say I' d also previously had 2 borderline positive results for lupus-another auto-immune condition so she should have been aware to look for other auto-immune conditions.)
Sorry it is such a long post but I'm very confused, angry and tired- especially as I am now recorded as having a history of severe depression to the extent that the psychiatrist wants me to.go into the psychiatric unit voluntarily for a rest.
I feel.my life has been destroyed. My work history definitely has as I have been unable to.work for 17 years. Also I am.worried that if it bas been thyroid all along the nerve damage could now be permanent due to being left untreated.
I don't know how much longer I can carry on. Any advice much appreciated and thank you for taking the time to read this.