Thanks for the support. It means a lot, considering even my RN wife thinks I'm crazy.
This fun started out as just knee pain about
7 years ago. But being in the Army I've had multiple minor back and leg injuries. Well back in March of this year I blew 3 discs in my lower back. Rehab seemed to be going well through traction and PT.
Then in Sept, I started having headaches and pain in both legs. That was followed by both arms a week later. The problems in legs, back shoulders and arms led to the fatigue. It has gone down hill from there. MRIs of my cervical and lumbar spine show no reason for the widespread pain. The nerve conductivity test showed some nerve problems in both arms but he put it at 50/50 nerve and neck arthritis. The MRI did show a problem with my thyroid that I'll have checked tomorrow at the lab. Mornings have been the worst, the stiffness combined with the Army's compulsive need to start the day before sunrise is a challenge. Many mornings I need my wife to help me with getting my boots on, and that is just embarrassing. Not to mention the IBS embarrassment, which at first I thought was just from to many shifts from real food to MREs.
My mother had RA, but was never diagnosed with FM. My sister though was diagnosed with FM 3 years ago. Both my mother and brother had/have spinal stenosis. Thankfully, I'm negative for that.
Lord knows what I've been exposed to in the years. I had all the same inoculations as my friends with Gulf War Illness, as well as the 'wow you should be dead' memo in my records (extensive exposure to hazardous air, soil, water as well as some other interesting diseases) from multiple deployments and missions to Haiti.
Just out of pure luck, I have my Periodic Health Assessment tomorrow morning. I'm hoping to get a diagnosis before I leave the military as that makes working with the VA MUCH easier. The daily drag is difficult, but I think the hardest part is after 23 years is to admit that I "can't" do something and that pain "is" a problem.
Post Edited (Batou) : 10/31/2013 4:31:25 PM (GMT-6)