I have just found this site and thought I would say hello.
I live in the UK and so far have been diagnosed with MCTD, Sjogrens, Raynauds and SLE.
I've had a nightmare recently with overwhelming fatigue which is partly what brought me to this site. I was admitted to A&E (The ER for non brits) on Sunday afternoon by an on-call GP as I went to sleep on Saturday night at 8:30pm and my husband couldn't properly wake me at 4:30pm the following night. I had a massive headache and couldn't stand light. I also had a very low BP (76/48) and a mild temperature 37.7. The GP called an ambulance and I was taken to the local hospital. On arrival they did a CT Scan, a chest X-ray, some blood tests and an ECG. They also gave me some IV Antibiotics and as my blood sugar was 3.6 and I had had no fluids since Saturday they pushed some fluids (Saline) through my IV as well. After a couple of hours of fluids I began to feel more alert and my headache lessened. A Dr came to see me, he told me he was a rheumy specialist well he was very rude. He basically told me that as there was nothing wrong with me as my ESR was within normal range. (Bearing in mind at the time my eyelids were very puffy and I'd just slept for over 24 hours)
I was discharged at 2am and went home (in temps of -6 degrees in my PJ's and dressing gown thank god my hubby had a warm car) So I've been home for two days the headaches gone but I'm still tired. In fact from the last 60 hours I've slept for 49. Feeling a little at my wits end so any suggestions would be great.
hi suzi, and welcome.
it appears that if some doctors see something that is completely outside of there understanding.....
they try to dismiss it.
the more specialised the doctor.... the worse the attitude.
luckely not all doctors have such an attitude.
my suggestion is to see your local gp, and get a referal to a different rhuematologist.
i know you have already been diagnosed,.....
but something is not normal and needs to be investigated.
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hi suzi welcome to whl i agree with steve some doctors have not clue you really need to see rhuemi and get the investigations and find out whats wrong.
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Many thanks. I have a rheumy but she's not brilliant. Last time I saw her she told me off for not having had a bone density scan. (How was I to know) she scheduled one which I had last Sept & I've still had no results...
I'm going to see my GP on Friday and insist on answers. Its not normal for me to need around 12 hrs of sleep a day & still be tired & how can my ESR always be normal even when I have visible swelling.
I guess it's got to the point now where I've had enough. All I do Monday to Thursday is sleep and go to work, I have no energy to see my family or friends. And then on a Friday and Saturday I am recovering the resources I've used up and not recouped during the week and then by Sunday I may feel a little bit normal and my husband gets really cross with me. He just doesn't seem to understand quite how it feels to have the person you once were taken away from you...
suzy it is hard sometimes for family to understand what this disease does to us and the fatigue that comes with it my daughter also has lupus and she sleeps for hours and hours on the site we have a posts which is called the spoon theory i have beenon here for 4 years but only recently read it this is something that will help you explain to your husband and other family and friends how you are feeling. i suggest you ask tgal or rob how to find this on site as my memory is bad just message them and they will tell you or someone else may know i am sure this will help it has helped my family to understand hugs kim
Hi Suzy. First let me welcome you to WHL. I am sorry for all that you are going through. It is bad enough to feel bad but when we have bad doctors on top of that it makes it worse. Believe me, I know.
You are party of the WHL family now. We will be here for you.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Got an appt to see GP tomorrow. Want answers to 2 main questions. 1. Why is my ESR 'normal' when I have visible inflammation? And 2. What can I do to get my energy back & where's it gone?
Well she couldn't answer either she suggested my ESR & CRP levels are being falsified/masked by the prednisilone & naproxen. I showed her a photo of my very swollen foot when my ESR for the same day was 4.
As for the tiredness she has suggested retesting my thyroid function levels as they haven't been done since June & this all started in July. I'm not convinced that's it as I've not had any significant weight gain. The first appt I could get for blood tests was next Friday so it will be at least 10 days before we know anything. The GP said if that's ok she has no idea & would need to consult my rheumy.