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taintedangel
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   Posted 12/6/2005 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
well i'll say this is new to me.  I not usually one to hurt as far as aches and pains are conserned but this is really starting to worry.  Lately I ache all over.  not just a dull ache a very noticable ache.  It started a few months back and my shoulders were giving me a lot of problems.  I mean hurting pain and I"m thinking I'm 31 I shouldn't hurt like this.  I work constantly in front of a computer and I'm sure that has a lot to do with it.  So I didn't think anything of it.  I mean my shoulders would hurt so bad it brought tears to my eye's.  Over time espically these last few months my entire body hurts more so upon waking in the mornings and in the evening as I'm trying to relax.  Their's no such word relax for me.  Most times I feel better up moving around.  Its really strange.  My wrist bother me, again could be related to the computer.  I've always had problems with my knees espically when I tore my acl in my right knee several years ago.  its always been a little bothersome, but just lately what's really been bothering me are my legs and feet.  Its so hard to discribe and I just know my doctor is going to think i'm crazy when I tell him this, but i'm concerned.  i've gotten to where I can't wear any heels they just kill my feet.  I wear loafers all the time but my feet still are very sore and hurting by the end of the day.  What feels the best so far is hot baths and stretching out in the recliner.  I got a hot bath last night and I was particularly achy for some reason and I could almost feel all my muscles sighing a sigh of relieve.  My back is a new ache just at the lower part of my back but it really is bothersome.  I never have back problems. 
 
I'm just worried.  I've made a doctor's appointment and I'm going to mention these things to him but I just hope he doesn't laugh me out of the office.  I'm 31 and I feel like I have a body of 50 year old.  I just don't feel right you know.  I keep thinking this is all in my head but I've taken tylenol and the aches are temporarily gone and each morning I wake achy.  I hurt so bad by the end of the day I can't stand it and getting comfortable for sleep at night is almost impossible. 
 
any insight would be helpful.  I'm seriously not one to have aches and pains like this but I really don't want to ignore it and have it get continually worse and that's kind of what its doing. 

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 12/6/2005 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I have Osteoarthritis,plus severe Osteoporosis.I hurt all the time,until I was put on Folic Acid.The aches & pains went away but still have the arthritis pain at times.My body was lacking folic acid.I feel better now.
SnowyLynne


erin.K
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   Posted 12/6/2005 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,
I'm so sorry you hurt all over.  sad  Be reminded though, YOU ARE NOT CRAZY!  If you say you were never really one to have aches & pains....well we have something here don't we?  Some theories state and I truly believe that pain is the 5th vital sign.  Tells us something is wrong, somethin' ain't right.
 
I don't know your history...do you suffer from arthritis of any sort?  Medications beside OTC?
 
I know what you mean by feeling like, "Hey, I'm only 31....what gives?".  I'm 24....and I see 90 year olds crossing the street faster than I do!   :-)
Unfortunately though, some illnesses are equal opportunity employers....no age discrimination!   And hey....50 is young!!!!!!!!!!!  My honey's 50 and he does marathons!!   tongue But I know what ya mean.  LOL.
 
What type of doc will you be seeing?
Write all this stuff down...especially all the specifics pains.:::
 
Are they effecting both sides of your body?  Like both knees, both wrists, etc...
Is the pain worse on exertion?
Worse at night?
What relieves it?  Makes it worse?
Fevers, fatigue, morning stiffness?
Family history of OA or RA.
How it effects your work/sleep/mobility.
Onset of these pains?
Do the muscles hurt as well as the joints?
Swelling of legs/joints/hands?
Shooting pains? Pins and needles/numbness?
Sensitivity to cold/heat?
Do your feet burn?  Feel hot?
 
The doc won't laugh at you especially if you go over the stuff listed above.  The more specific the better, therefor he can get a clue whether this pain is arthritic, neuropathic, musculosketal, work related, etc...
I have RA, it's pretty bad (putting it lightly) and I get that too, where everything begins to ache severley when you lay down at night.  Like a house settling!!!  OUCH!!!!!!!!!  The mornings are really bad.
You're on the right path, you have your appt. made.
What tests have you had already?
 
Best wishes,
Erin

taintedangel
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   Posted 12/6/2005 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had any problems with arthritus before this is a first for me. To me that's what it feels like. Its general all over aches and pains. I haven't had any test as of yet. This has just come on within the last few months more so recently. I definately feel pins and needles sensations have had sharp pain in my lower back. I appreciate the support. The only thing I"ve tried to relieve pain is hot baths, OTC medications, and massages. I love massages. It feels great at the time but then afterwards the next day I have the same aches and pains. I'm going to sit down this weekend and write down everything i've been feeling in the last couple of months. Its weird how all this has started so slow and now like recently everything is bothering me. I prefere to be warm to cold I hurt a lot more when cold. I already have an autoimmune disease and wonder if any of this is related to my ITP. I also have a thyroid disease and now this I'm thinking is this what i get to look forward to now as i get older one ailment after another.

I've always heard though don't leave anything ignored. if something is out of the ordinary or bothering you go to the doctor. I'm trying to be better about that and I feel like I've given these aches and pains plenty of time to go away on there own and its time to go to the doctor. Some days are better than others but mostly I live with it day in and day out. I feel a little stiff when I get up after sitting for a while. When I'm at work I'll get up at least every hour and a half sometimes every hour just to walk around. I can't sit long like some people. I've never been much of a sitter though

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   Posted 12/7/2005 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Taintedangel, welcome to HW. I'm glad that you found us and have had the courage to ask your questions. I am 30 (31 next month) and at times I have felt like I am 80. Hang in there. You are not crazy, and this pain is not all in your head. If the Dr laughs you out of the office..... find another Dr. Keep fighting for your body and a DX. There are lots of options out there. Quality of life is the most important thing. We will all be behind you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Keep posting.

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taintedangel
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   Posted Yesterday 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
hi all. i can't wait to go to the doctor monday. I'm so ready for some answers. I mean I have been living with this shoulder pain for a good two months maybe longer. Plus I noticed last night after work my wrist and hands were really bothering me now I know that could be Carpal Tunnel I'm pretty sure it is. When I'm not working on the computer they don't tend to bother me near as much. I've even quit planning on the computer at home just to let my hands rest as much as possible. I noticed last night that my stiffness tends to be more in the morning and in the evening. Like I say I try and get up and walk around as much as I can at work cause if I don't I just feel so sore and stiff after sitting for a couple of hours. I keep telling myself its all in my head but I think their's something going on. I just haven't felt good lately not my 100% self that's for sure and I'm ready to feel good again. I have other things going on with me such as hashimoto's disease and low blood plattelets I'm not sure if arthritus is linked to any of that but with me who knows. I'm just ready for some relieve espically in my shoulders. Sometimes they hurt so bad it brings tears to my eyes.

I'll keep you posted about my findings.

Hey Hubby
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   Posted Yesterday 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I work constantly in front of a computer and I'm sure that has a lot to do with it.

TaintedAngel, I would be inclined to agree with you that part, if not all, of you aches and pains could be related to working on a computer all day. That should NOT stop you from seeing your doctor.

You didn't mention where you worked, but I would suggest that you contact your HR depatment and see if they offer ergonomic assesments of work place. As much as "egro" is a bad word in some quarters, simple little changes can make a difference.

simple little things like:
Is the height of your chair correct? is you desk to high or low? where is the keyboard located? how about the height of the monitor? at eye level?

The lady at the next desk complained of shoulder pain. Changing from the unusal mouse to a trackball style easied that pain.

Lower back pain, perhaps you chair isn't set properly?

Many in the office have standing desks, others have even has the desk tops lowered so that they are 30 inches rather then the 32/36 standard height.

If your employer doesn't offer erog-assesments, perhaps a state or county agency (health dept?) offer them for free or at a resonable cost to the employer.

But if your workplace offers, accept. But remember to see your doctor also, a word from him/her could help your employer move a little faster in changing thing for you.
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erin.K
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   Posted Yesterday 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Awe, you hang in there. The thyroid problem you have can also cause a person to have muscle, tendon and ligament pain....kinda like a fibromyalgia feeling. Just feeling bad all over.
The very best to you & good luck on monday.
I truly hope you get to the bottom of this.
Sincerely,
Erin

Ducky
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   Posted Yesterday 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey tainted angel - what thyroid disorder do you have?
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel

Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant

Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes
 
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid
 
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots


taintedangel
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   Posted Today 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Ducky I am Hypo thyroid but I also have a goiter that they are watching which 1 + 1=2 which means that the doctor has me having hashimoto's disease. Unfortunately my doctor's appointment will have to wait until after the first of the year. I found out yesterday that I have absolutely no time to take off. The rest of my vacation is tied up in the christmas holiday so I suppose between now and the first of the year I'll make a list of what's been bothering me lately. It really started with my shoulders a few months back hurting so bad it would bring tears to my eyes. I'll get all my questions and such together and just simply ask my doctor when I see him if he can test for arthritus. I just have to many aches and pains to be considered "normal". Believe me i have tried adjusting everything from my monitor, to my desk height, my chair and nothing seems to work. Now I haven't tried the mouse with the ball on it. I'll get it figured out though. I have other things I need to talk to him, him being my doctor. I noticed this morning I was stiff getting out of bed like i typically am until I've been up for awhile. I don't know I just need to start with the doctor first and go from there it could be nothing but then again. I'm thinking I'm beinging to take after my grandmother on my dad's side of the family more and more. She had thryoid problems and I know she had arthritus problems so I know it runs in the family. anyway i'll keep y'all posted.

Ducky
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   Posted Today 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Best of luck to you angel... I know how hard it is to deal with all these problems and keep positive for the holidays... let us know how you are doing... - Duck
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel

Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant

Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes
 
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid
 
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots


taintedangel
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   Posted 1/30/2006 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
greetings all its been a little while since I last wrote. I'm still dealing with this shoulder pain and it seems to be getting worse instead of better. I hurt all the time. Some times not so much as others the pain but its still there. Today my left should is killing me and I've had a pins and needles feeling in my left arm most of the day. I took tylenol around 10:00 this morning and its helped a little bit, by the end of the week both shoulders will be hurting. No i haven't said anything to my doctor and I know I should but I just don't want him to think i'm crying wolf you know. I hurt and I hurt a lot and i'm tired of hurting. I find I feel better when I'm up moving around rather than sitting still for a long time cause that's when everything tends to tighten up. I feel stiffer and and have more aches in the evening when i'm trying to rest. Some thing is definately going on but I'm just not sure what or where to start. anyway, i'm saything something about it to my doctor which I see in a few weeks for my thyroid medicine and go from there. I'm tired of hurting. my shoulder has bothered me from the time i went to bed last night until now that's not normal. anyway i'll keep y'all posted.

Ducky
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   Posted 1/30/2006 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
hey tainted angel... so good to hear from you... you're right, you need to bring this up to your doc, however, in the mean time, do you have a heating pad? That may help alleviate some of the pain, as well as warm/hot baths and maybe some alleve? If you can, try and sleep with a heating pad, it may help... good luck and let us know how you are doing... Do you still have the goiter? Are they thinking of doing a thyroidectomy? Talk to you soon - Duck
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots


taintedangel
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   Posted 2/2/2006 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
good day all well I know one thing. The heating pad does help my shoulder. I finally broke down last night and used that for a little while. I woke up with my shoulder bothering me again this morning and I know it will get more bothersome as the day goes on. I can't wait until i go back to the doctor in a couple of weeks. I'm going to mention this to him. Sometimes its both shoulders that bother me but this week it just seems to be the left shoulder. I don't know its just not right for me to be hurting like this for so long. Something is definately going on.

Suzy Lee
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   Posted 2/4/2006 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking a supplement that combines tart cherry with glucosamine and chondroitin for my joints... they have worked wonders.

If you're not allergic to fish, you should try it!

Suzy

taintedangel
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   Posted 5/3/2006 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
just an update I have started seeing a Rhumey doctor. My first visit was last week spent about an hour with him and after the questions and exams he thinks we're leaning towards fibromyalgia. He said I had tenderness and soreness in all the spots he checks. I may also have Raynaud's disease. Anyway, he ordered additional lab work to be done blood work and took xray's of my hands because of some knots/lumps around my knuckles and who knows what else he's looking for but at least its a start. My hubby doesn't think I have fibro. He read a little bit of the information the doctor sent home with me and said well shoot i sufer from anxiety, depression, lack of sleep you don't have this and tossed on the coffee table. I was kind of blown away, but i like to think deep down his reaction to that was only because he doesn't want to see me hurting and having to go through more test again. I kind of feel bad though I hate that he's married someone with so many health problems. I think truly he's concerned for my health it was just an odd reaction. I told him the doctor wasn't 100% sure and that we'll know more in a couple of weeks when the results from lab work come in. I also said that fibro was much better to be facing than RA disease. I'll find out more in the next few days.

Ducky
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   Posted 5/3/2006 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
hey taintedangel... sometimes it is hard for our spouses or significant others to express how they truly feel about our problems when they themselves don't understand... You're right, your hubby doesn't want to see you hurting and his reaction was probably just a knee-jerk reaction to it all... Take him to your appointments with you (if he can go), that way he can hear everything from the doctors mouth and it might help him understand things better too... My hubby goes with me to all my appointments, whether I want him to or not... :) He says he does it to show his support for me and to understand it. He doesn't have anything wrong with him, so this is totally foreign to him. He asks more questions than I do half the time... Hang in there, your hubby will come around... take care - Duck
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots

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