I am a 23 year old male. about
3-4 years ago I began to have pain in my fingers, elbows, toes, and ankles. It didn't seem to be necessarily in my joints. I was extremely tired and slowed down mentally. I went to the doctor who did blood and urine tests. I was supposed to go back and never did because of some problems with my parents. I got used to living with this and it seemed to not be as painful after a while.
This past summer I began to have night sweats and talking in my sleep. I was having difficulty sleeping and would wake up in the night. This has persisted since then. Then in October I got swine flu and since then my body has been aching and the night sweats became worse. I went to a different doctor in November who ran some blood tests. I went back last week and she said that I didn't have Lupus, Arthritis, strep throat, or Lyme disease according to the tests but did show inflammation. I have an appointment scheduled with a rheumetologist for March 24. She gave me a Medrol pack. It helped the pain during the time that I took it. I also lost over 10 pounds during that week and had great difficulty sleeping. Now just days after ending the pack the inflammation and pain is returning, visibly in my fingers and toes. My chest often pops when I move the wrong way and my joints pop, even though the doctor said that is just normal fluid buildup it was happening much less during my Medrol week.
At times the glands in my neck, under my arm, and in my groin have swollen or become painful for over the past several years.
Sometimes, usually the same time as the night sweats, I little tiny pimples with white heads on my back and on my stomach. My body almost always has larger pimples and other things that sometimes just ooze an oily substance. They are often hair follicles. I am now getting these on my head.
I also have some tiny red spots showing up and growing on my forehead.... these don't go away once they appear.
The first doctors visit I had high blood pressure. She had me wait around for a while and it was still high. The second time I went it had dropped to being near normal so she didn't have to give me any medication for it.
What should I do until my rhuemetologist appointment? Any supplements or OTC products that help? I don't like to take a lot of medicine. I just want to be able to make it through the next semester at college.
My grandmother had Lupus and Scleroderma for many years until she passed away this past spring. My sister had chronic fatigue when she was in college. She is now 39 and is still often very tired. My younger brother has had ongoing kidney issues since elementary due to strep throat infecting his kidneys.
Post Edited (nroden) : 12/31/2009 5:22:22 PM (GMT-7)