New to site. I've been ill for almost a year now and now my life is very much a challenge to complete necessary daily tasks as a mother of two. I am only 35 and feel 80.
Been seing a primary doc forever about ongoing right rib cage pain, abnormally enlarged (and tender) gland on right side of neck that has been that way for months, extreme fatigue regardless of what I do or how much I sleep. My primary doc ordered a rheumatoid factor blood test that showed my rheumatoid factor was elevated so she sent me to a rheumatologists who looked at the bloodwork and asked me a few questions and said "you don't have rheumatoid arthritis". I asked him about the fatigue and neck gland and he said you probably have chronic fatigue syndrome.
What I have read about this condition hardly mentions the lymph node problems or that it would cause you to have elevated rheumatoid factor - just wondering if anyone else has had problems with their lymph nodes in the neck (mine is just right side) and if anyone else has elevated rhuematoid factor without having rheumatoid arthritis.
I am so sick of feeling sick and really are starting to wonder if these docs are missing something more serious. I have never been tested for mono or EBV...should I get these tests???
Any similar symptoms you guys can share will help me be convinced I do have CFS and help me deal with this disabling crappy sickness
Trying to keep good spirits