I have been having health issues for quite some time. Been trying to find a diagnosis since August.
I have the following symptoms (not all my symptoms just some of the worst):
General feeling of not well
Shortness of Breath (with little or no exertion)
Rash on face
Sensitivity to Sun/Flourescent lighting
Difficulty concentrating/Memory Issues
In the last month the following have developed
Swelling in Fingers, wrists, knees and especially the ankles
Frequent Urination (every 1-4 hours)
Blood in Urine (per urinalysis) (They thought I had a UTI but tested negative for that)
Diagnosis that I have received
The Pulmonologist said the Diaphragm weakness can not be caused by Fibromyalgia - originally he suspect ALS now thinks either a Connective or Mixed Connective Tissue disease. He mentioned Lupus.
Yesterday I finally got my referral to a University Hospital Rheumotologist. He also seems to be leaning toward a auto-immune issue. They are rechecking my ANA. The doctor said where I live they use a newer cheaper DNA test that isn't always as sensitive and they still use the older version there because it is more accurate.
I have had the following tests:
CT Scan of Chest (twice) normal
Stress Test (all they said was exercise intolerance)
EchoCardiogram (I was told this was normal by Cardiologist however, yesterday the dr said it indicated I was
borderline Pulmonary Hypertention. Doesn't feel it should be causing my symptoms but something that may need to be watched)
Pulmonary Function Test - Diaphragm Dysfunction
Brain MRI - normal
EMG/NCS on legs
Sleep Study - showed sleep apnea during REM sleep (Neurologist said a second study should be done and dropped that)
Cervical Spine MRI - arthritis (but was told it did not explain any of my pain)
CT Scan of Abdomen/Pelvis - normal
Numerous Blood Test
Next week they are performing an EMG on my Diaphragm which I have to return to the University Hospital for as no doctors in my area perform this type of EMG. They are hoping it will help explain the weakness there.
Now awaiting test results, I return to the Rheumy in about
6 weeks. Hoping they call with results before then as the waiting is driving me crazy.
I have been on sick leave since just after Labor Day and my leave is running low so hoping they can figure this out before it runs out.
Post Edited (baccsurfs) : 2/1/2013 1:42:50 PM (GMT-7)