04-19-2012, 08:54 AM
Hi my name is Terrie I am 46 and a grandmother to 5! That in itself will wear a person out :) Like all of you I have my aches and pains however I never explained them to my Dr. When I was young my mother was hurt so I had to pull extra duty and really didn't have time to pay attention to myself and when I did my parents always said it was growing pains didn't know they lasted this long though! My mother had a stroke in March of 2005 and a month later so did I. After a few days they diagnosed me with emphysema and polycithemia. I came home and slowly after a few weeks was back to the way I was before. I had an episode in February 2008 where I was blow drying my hair and suddenly lost the use of my left arm an ambulance was called and they said they felt it was anxiety and to see my Dr the following day he of course sent me to the er right away for tests. They determined that it was corpal tunnel and sent me home. After several months I regained almost full use except for my index finger which I still have limited mobility of. I have had knee and hip pains most of my life do to the type of work I done so was really use to hurting daily. I had a car accident in June of 2010 leaving me with an annular tear near the bottom of my spine. I have since been through PT and released saying they have done all they can so now back to my primary care physician. The knee and hip pain I have had for a few years and nothing helps I aske my Dr about it and he always says everything will feel better when they get my blood counts in the normal range so again I didn't bother to complaine about the pain and tiredness I was having. I would mention it in passing and always got the same answere. I began swelling and brought this to his attention and again was told he would do something when my cbc came back in a more normal range. I asked yet again about the pain and swelling last week so he looked at my ankles and decided to run more blood work this time more than the cbc that he always runs. My results are back and I have some negative values (was expecting RA) my ANA Direct is positive and my SSB is 2.4 everything else looks normal so I see him on Monday and so starts the long road to solving what is wrong. Although I must admit I got aggrivated and stopped the treatment for the polycithemia in October 2011 and with this cbc my crit level was the best it's been since 2005! Well thank you for letting me ramble!