Posted 6/24/2016 3:02 PM (GMT -6)
A "normal" blood panel does not guarantee health and well-being.
"Normal" is a range of expected values based on a statistical average, a bell curve developed from the analysis of wide population.
People can have low-normal and/or high-normal values for any one of a number of blood measures and be highly symptomatic. For example, a person with a cortisol level of 8 ug/dl (considered to be low-normal) can show extreme symptoms of Addison's disease.
Symptoms of unrelenting fatigue, muscle/joint pain, and general malaise are general symptoms that can be attributed to many different possible conditions - Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypothyroidism.
One thing that I have learned in my journey of endocrine failure is that the body will compensate for as long as it can as best as it can.
Some/many diseases and conditions will not reveal themselves through abnormal blood work until the body finally exhausts its ability to compensate. For example, my blood work was fairly normal despite a failing and sputtering pituitary gland. It was only when my pituitary gland completely failed that my blood work took a precipitous nose dive.
With your vague symptoms of fatigue and joint/muscle pain consultations with a both a rheumatologist and an endocrinologist would be appropriate. Certainly, you could be experiencing an auto-immune disorder or an endocrinology disorder. If you live in the northeastern US, testing for lyme disease would be appropriate.
Keep working with your primary care MD or specialist physician (rheumatologist, endocrinologist) until you feel that the underlying causation of your symptoms has been identified. Unfortunately, sometimes it can take locating and working with several physicians until a health issue is identified correctly.
- Karen -