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20 Jul 2006

Cant pinpoint pain
For the past 18 months, every morning I have (still have) long periods of pain and its getting worse by the month. First doctor I saw (a year ago) ordered an ultra-sound on all my organs in the abdomen area. Results came back as "all fine". I thought it was all in "my head" and didnt go back. Second doctor I recently saw (because symptons are now really bad) thought it could be my back (radial pain) - ordered X-rays. Once again results have come back as "all is fine". Blood tests done have also not picked up a problem. If the pain wasnt so bad (and if I didnt have a family history of cancer in the same area) I would try to convince myself once again that "its in my head" and hope it just goes away. Also, I cant pin-point the pain to the doctor during a consultation because its everywhere front and back. My symptons start first thing in the morning and there are now more and more times that the symptons are waking me up during the night especially when I find I have slept on my back. On waking there is a dull, burning pain everywhere (deep inside) from my waist down to the top of my legs and in my lower back as well. Every muscle in the same area is so stiff I find I cant move that area of my body. I have to force myself with my arms to move to the end of the bed to get up and out of bed (makes no difference to the pain if I try to sit up in bed) and that is when the pain is more excruiating than the wake up pain. The walk to the bathroom takes the stiffness away but the abdominal/back pain stays with me for a few hours after waking. By mid-day the pain subsides and I feel healthy again but without fail its returns the folllowing morning (or it comes back during the day if I try to take an afternoon nap). I am not over-weight, I am in my early 40s, I exercise for 20 to 30 minutes everyday (walking or exercise bike). I watch what I eat. Its not my mattress at home because I have stayed in numerous hotels over the last 18 months and no matter where I sleep the symptons are always the same in the morning. Any suggests where I go to from here to get help to get rid of this irritating problem.
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CyberDoc
cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Ouch
Morning pain, stiffness, getting better during the day, burning pain, spreading to leg not associated with the bed - all sounds very rheumatological to me - I think you should see a rheumatologist - you could have something like fibromyalgia, rheumatic arthritis or outo immune arthritis and I think you need specialized blood tests. Please be patient with your doctor - it is like building a big puzzle - they won't see the picture with only one or two pieces! Try to stay with one guy as otherwise two or more will be sitting with a piece of the puzzle and nobody will know what the picture looks like. It also leads to double tests and high costs. Look on easy info.co.za under medical for a rheumatologist in your area. Taking something like Feldene before you go to bed and a solumedrol injection should provide relief in the mean time if you don't have peptic ulcers.
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