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   Posted 1/18/2009 3:27 AM (GMT -6)   
So I don't know where to start, but I have a long line of symptoms that have been bothering me for over a year now. I have tenderness in my ribcage, chest and general discomfort in my back. Even someone poking me or rubbing my back too hard feels like I have bruises all over. In addition to this I have these little balls in my neck, which im told were glands that have been rock solid and also feel like bruises. They ran the gambit of tests on me for all auto-immune diseases but didn't seem to find anything. They diagnosed it as chondromalacia but didnt think much of it.

Months later I'm no better in either department. I find myself with little energy and huffing and puffing to make it up stairs. On new years I had incredible pain in my palm, only to look down and see that my palm was "purpley" with a dark line running through it. It was like my vein was squeezing. It stayed for a while, but then seemed to go away. A few days later I felt a similar pain in my pointer finger on the same hand, and looked down to find what looked like bruise appearing before my eyes. I again felt like my vein was kinked and this mark lasted for over 8hrs and was still visible the next day. (This might have no bearing, but at the same time I felt like my eye was blurry on one side). And just the other night, for the second time now, I've felt as if my fingers were swollen. They were visibly larger and not numb, but weird feeling. My hands have been weird leading up to this, where in between the digits of my fingers they'd sometimes get swollen and itchy, especially my thumb.

Lastly, although I'm not having trouble breathing, I feel as though I'd like to get one deeper breath in but cant seem to. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? Or is it just a bunch of coincidences?

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   Posted 1/18/2009 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the Healingwell Family....You are in the right place for support as well as advice and maybe some answers.. We are not Professionals, but we can tell you our experiences and hopefully send you in the right direction.
I don't personally have any ideas about your symptoms, but in short order other people will be sending replies and I am sure someone will be able to help...
Again, Welcome....and try to get som sleep....


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   Posted 1/19/2009 2:26 AM (GMT -6)   
What is your dr telling you he thinks is going on? Does he have on any kinds of meds for this or what? Need a little more input. Welcome aboard and let us know how you are doing. Susie

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   Posted 1/19/2009 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't gone to the doctor as of yet, hoping to get an appointment sometime this week or the next. I'm just fearful they're going to tell me it's all in my head or I'm exaggerating. I can still carry on my day to day life, but I'm far too young to not be able to get a hug without wincing. I'm new to the website, but I was just hoping someone could connect the dots for me, or maybe had an idea or two. Thanks for the help :)

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   Posted 1/20/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kibo and welcome!!

If you have a good primary doc that you like/trust...then please get yourself in there ASAP! When blood vessels start turning colors it's not a time to procrastinate. I have no idea what you have going on but it's definitely not in your head.

There are 'disorders' that have many symptoms as their list of problems. Let me explain...take fibromyalgia which I have. The list of symptoms would surely make you think someone is totally off their rocker but it is a serious syndrome....overall muscle pain, cognitive/memory problems, fatigue, bowel issues, tinnitus, sensitivity to light and temperature, sleep disturbances, and the list goes on and on. It looks like a bad shopping list, but even though the symptoms don't seem related they are all symptoms of one disorder. It's possible you have something like that going on too.

Please do follow through with that doc appoint....I'm concerned that you are OK.

Keep us posted,
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   Posted 1/22/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree with Chutz. Get yourself seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

Meanwhile welcome to the chronic pain forum. We are so glad you posted and hope to hear more and more from you so that we can get to know you and you to get to know us.

I will say a prayer for you.

Gentle Hugs.

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   Posted 1/25/2009 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Well to date, my blood tests seemed to be negative so far but they're sending me to a rheumatologist. Also, my b-12 levels seem to be low, so they suggested getting injections to raise those levels, though that didn't explain all my symptoms. Anyways, thanks everyone for the support and advice :) I'll letcha know how it all turns out.
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