Pleurisy? Costo? Help!
I'm new to the community. Starting my diagnosis process next week (problems started very young.. But was told that as I aged more symptoms would possibly appear and help with a more accurate diagnosis would come as well).
When I was younger, the only reason Lupus was a possibility was due to joint pain, an elevated ANA, and family history of the disease. Not too much to go off of, and not too severe to start treating, either. As years have gone by I have noticed a major decrease in my wellness and feel like I'm just ailing faster and faster. Over the years, a few other symptoms popped up (muscle pain, nerve pain, frequent illness and infection.. Some photosensitivty, headaches..) But the most frequent symptom to promt my second try at diagnosis and hopefully some treatment is the worst of them all, for me.
I started having some mild upper back pain on my left side a little less then a year ago. It was almost unoticeable. I only felt pain after playing softball and I assumed it was jsut from swinging a bat and I brushed it off. Soon I started to have pain while breathing, deep in my chest, along with this 'back pain' right behind it. I went to the doctor, explained these minor symptoms, and was told it was costo and to get massages, use low heat frequently, and take anti-inflammatory's. That lasted about a month. It only got worse. The pain started becoming more severe.. A constant ache was present and my pain while breathing deeply became much worse. It has now spread down my arm, and sometimes into the other side of my chest. I also will sometimes feel a 'pop' after breathing out. It's hard for me to pinpoint the exact area of pain. When I try to reproduce tenderness like costo is supposed to, I can't. Generally, pressing on my skin anymore mildy 'hurts' so as far as the increased tenderness that costo is supposed to create, I've yet to find it.
Also, one morning I woke up with a different pain. The everyday sharp pain with breathing was still there, in that same area I still had trouble explaining, and that constant ache was still present also.. But this other pain was so much different. I did not matter how deep I breathed.. I was having an extremly sharp pain that was very close to the normal area I was having inspiring pain, but several inches away from it. And the pain I had been having, which was what I had once described as moderte - severe, was instantly a 'dull ache' in comparison to this extremtly severe pain I was now having. I was literally involuntarily wincing and yelping with every breath. I managed to make it to a minor emergency clinic where they ran an EKG and apparently came back normal. He told me the pain was probably due to costo and to go to the ER if it wasn't better in a day or so. The pain did let up, and I haven't had THAT pain since... But the other one, that is there everyday, is still present and steadily getting worse. Minimal physical activty aggravates it. Lying down used to be my remedy, as I used to not feel the pain while lying down, is no longer a help. The only thing I've found to help is not moving. And even then, my breathing in pain is always present. If I bend to either side irriates it as well.
I want to know if any of you have had this same issue or had any confusion with the ongoing costo or pleurisy issue.
"Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff."
Dx: Potential Lupus, Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Rx: Prednisone 5mg 1x daily, Lyrica 75mg 2x daily, Omeprazole 200mg 1x daily, Xanax .5mg prn