Heel and elbow pain

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   Posted 6/12/2010 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum and have not had an "official" Lupus diagnosis. I'm still waiting for the Lupus panel to come back. I had a 24-Hour bug about a month ago, with fever, muscle aches, chills and nothing else. Since then, I've had extreme fatigue, and multiple other strange symptoms that I am trying to understand. One of them is pain in my heel. A couple of weeks ago my achilles tendon hurt so bad that I couldn't walk (that lasted for 2 days), but since then, there has been a persistent pain in the back of my heel. It feels more like its on the bone and not in the tendon like before. It's not under my foot, but on the back side, right where you can feel the bone in the middle of the top of the heel. It gets worse when I walk flatfooted and in the evenings. In addition, my ankles were swelling and my elbow tendon/muscle have been hurting continuously. I'm just curious to know if these are symptoms that can occur w/Lupus or other Autoimmune diseases? Oh, and the brain fog is really driving me nuts! Thanks for any feedback.

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   Posted 6/12/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Sounds like Plantar Fasciitis. I have that. The pain is horrible isn't it? A lot of us have that issue. For me, it took losing 40 pounds to get rid of the pain. I'm okay now, but a year ago was a different story.

Google, Plantar Fasciitis and see what exercises, etc, will help with it. I did physio, stretching, etc, but didn't get any relief. Weight loss was the cure for me. I also got custom orthotics which didn't help either.

I hope you get your answers soon!
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   Posted 6/13/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi! and welcome,

I, too, had such bad foot pain and limping, my hip skewed and I found using a cane with a forearm rest on it really does help. My dr. ordered hip and heel xrays, and I have 4mm and 7mm bone spurs on my heels. (And degenerative osteoarthritis starting, oh boy). Neuro suggested plantar fascitis? and that my underlying autoimmune disease puts my pain receptors into overdrive, which is why my hip and heels hurt so much. Cushioned heel cups from Walmart and going barefoot seemed to help me alot. He also said that the spur doesn't cause the pain, the underlying inflammatory patho does, and then the spurs result from that.  You will find that many of us here share the same symptoms. I was recently found to be critically low in B12, my neuro suggested I was probably making autoantibodies against the instrinsic factor but my cbc was ok and it wasn't pernicious anemia yet. I had lived with 2+ pitting edema in my legs and such peripheral neuropathy I wanted to cry every night but don't have any tears left because my eyes are so dry. I really think the B12 is helping quiet some of my neuro symptoms, my screaming nerves and tinnitis in my rt ear, and the pitting edema was gone in a week. My toes are no longer sausages! tongue  When I think about the old saying that misery loves company, I come here for my 'support fix' and yesterday someone described sick fatigue and boy does that fit the way I feel right now. Good luck with your pending lab results,

hugs, suetoo

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   Posted 6/14/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Ginny and Sueto. I'm really enjoying The Forum as a great resource for learning as well as receiving some comfort and insight to these issues. I looked up Plantar Fascilitis, and it could be that..or a bone spur, not sure. It still hasn't gone away, as well as the pain in my elbow, which is now making its way down into my hands. Both ankles hurt and my hands and feet/ankles are swelling. The stiffness is starting to get worse. I had a sed rate around 76 and 180 ANA. Still haven't heard back on the Lupus panel. I have a follow up appointment next week and will check to see if he can take x-rays. In the mean time, I've started a sublingual b-complex, which seems to help with some of the fatigue, but I'm still wiped out every other day.
Did anyone else have some kind of virus before they experienced symptoms of Lupus. I remember having a 24 hour fever about a month ago and haven't felt the same since. Just curious to know if anyone else had something similar. I should add that I just turned 31.
Thanks again, I'm grateful to have others to relate to. And Sue, I hope you feel better too...I really like your tag line. God is our strength and is the only one besides ourselves that will be with us our entire life.

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   Posted 8/20/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in severe septic shock for about 30 hours and that all in itself is enough to change a person forever but I have been constantly enjoying Lupus and MS symptoms. It has been two years now. My pcp told me that I probably had the autoimmune problems before the septis and it probably started with some kind of childhood illness. Just so happened that I had Scarlett fever when I was 9 or 10. Who knows... My feet hurt all the time. And like suetoo my hips are not happy because of the hobbling that I do. I am doing a lot of massage therapy. It helps some. Good luck. I will pray for you too in my long prayers for healthy feet. I hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 8/21/2010 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
jdrea...so massages help you? Wow, count your blessing. The last time I had a message was nice at the moment but over the next few hours to the next day I thought I had been run over by a truck, backed over again and ran over me again followed by being trampeled by elephants.! Yeah...it was bad. LOL. I have tried two times. The last time was a free 30 minute massage when I was doing chemo at the hospital. both times were the same!
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   Posted 8/22/2010 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
 yeah I get that heal pain too but it doesn't last for long. A couple hours or so. My right elbow is really bad lately.
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   Posted 8/23/2010 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the forum! Sorry that you're in such pain though.

As I was reading your story (flu-like symptoms, etc., then extreme fatigue...), a question occurred to me. Have you ever been tested for Lyme disease? Lyme disease can definitely cause all of those symptoms, although clearly there are other conditions that could be responsible, too.

I do hope you get to the bottom of things and start treatment so that you feel better soon!
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