Well, things were just going too well for too long. Got my IBS cleared up back the last part of August and have been doing really well since. Just taking a Welchol a day, maybe two if I eat something bad or get anxious and give my stomach the undulations, but I don't think I've really had any diarrhea since then.
So I came down with a fairly severe cold about a month ago. No so bad I went to the doctor, but I laid out from work 2 days and Stuart laid out 3 with it. I had that horrible dry cough that feels like a tickle in the back of your throat and that took weeks to overcome.
So about two weeks ago I started having pain in my back and my right knee, and I thought I had just strained myself at work or something. Then both knees, both wrists and the big toe on my right foot started aching too, like they were bruised, and I thought, well, this isn't a strain. And while some days are better than others and some parts don't hurt at all and some hurt really bad, then they switch up, it's not really getting any better.
So I went to the doctor this morning and she thinks I have viral arthritis (although she did have blood drawn to test for autoimmune disorders). She said sometimes you can get a virus, like a cold, and even though it appears to go away, it really just moves and settles in your joints and causes inflammation. Ibruprofen will help get rid of the inflammation and the virus will eventually go away on its own.
Has anyone else heard of this? I looked a bit online and it seems to be more common in children than adults because childhood diseases, like chickenpox and rubella are more likely to cause it.