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    Symptoms I can't explain
    lotusblossom posted:
    Hello everyone,

    I've been putting off going to the doctor and asking for advice (I know, bad) because I honestly don't know where to start or even what kind of doctor to go to. My symptoms are insane and almost impossible to pinpoint, I often think I'm imagining it all.

    To give some background, I'm a 27 year-old woman, pretty fit (I was never overweight), with a so-so lifestyle. I say so-so because, after being a dancer for 14 years I decided to go down a different professional path and I went from very active to barely active at all (again, bad).

    My problems started last year, when I was finishing up a PhD that had kept me very inactive. When I wasn't sitting down studying I was too tired to do anything else, so I used that time mostly for sleeping. So yes, I was VERY sedentary. In any case, after almost two years of this horrible lifestyle I started getting mid-upper back pain, sort of between the shoulder blades, which was achy feeling, therefore easy to attribute to bad posture and long periods of inactivity.

    I didn't think much of it, since the pain was rarely there and when it was it was barely noticeable, until I started getting other symptoms. The only way I can describe what I'm going through is "random pains". I can have pain in the knee one minute, in the elbow the next minute, then in the calf, then in the thigh, then in the little finger of my left hand and so on. It moves around and it's not always present. I can go for months with no pain and then it comes back in the same random pattern. It also isn't on just one side, it's everywhere.

    At times, I can also get numbness and tingling, but that's rare and happens much less than the pain. Muscle twitches also happen from time to time. The only constant is the mid-upper back pain, which is almost always there, along with tensions in the muscles there. It only gets worse with activities such as vacuuming. For some reason, after vacuuming it aches much worse.

    Before you judge me, know that I'm planning to go to the doctor, but I'm just curios if anyone has any idea of what could be wrong with me. I literally feel like an old lady whose every bone and muscle aches. When I lay in bed, my legs feel heavy. When I sit on a chair, my knees hurt. When I lean over, my back hurts. I'm going out of my mind, really. It also doesn't help that I have anxiety and I'm a hypochondriac.

    So... does anyone have any clue about my predicament?

    bj1208 responded:
    hi and welcome to the support group -

    there could be a number of reasons why you are having these symptoms and a professional physician is the only one that can fully examine diagnose and offer treatment options.

    for one - you used to be a dancer so you were using more muscles etc than you do now (I know - I used to be a Martial Arts Assistant Instructor - for 10 yrs).

    second - when you were a dancer you could have injured your back and/or muscles without really knowing it, or an injury may have happened when you were younger and could be acting up.

    what you should do is start out going to your primary care physician - explain everything to him/her and let them examine you. Depending on the outcome of the examination will depend on what type of specialist you may need to see.

    be sure to explain everything that you have listed here - make a list and be sure to take it with you - this will help the doctor during the examination. Also be sure to get your family history too, mother, father, siblings etc., it's important to have that also.

    please keep us posted what you find out - take care - Joy
    Take care~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    georgia888 responded:
    Hello lotusblossum,
    A possible explanation of your symptoms could be Fibromyalgia. If you research this disorder online you will become quite educated on the subject. It's a tough one to diagnose as the symptoms are many & often mimic other conditions.

    You mentioned you plan to visit your doctor & that is the place to start for any proper diagnosis.

    Kudos to you for your academic achievement however, inactivity is inexcusable. Discuss with your doctor a gentle exercise program you can gradually get into as this is crucial for good health.

    Please let us know how you make out.

    lotusblossom replied to bj1208's response:
    Hi Joy, thank you so much for your reply!

    I actually never thought of that and now I realize it could be possible. I remember I had a choreographer who used to force us into poses we weren't flexible enough for all the time. I guess that takes its toll on one's body.

    In any case, it's worth mentioning it to the doc, it might prove significant.

    lotusblossom replied to georgia888's response:
    Hi Georgia and thanks for replying!

    I did think about Fibromyalgia, the only thing that keeps me wondering is that often I can't tell if it's the muscles or the bones that hurt. Maybe it's both, I really don't know anymore.

    I fully agree that inactivity is a horrible mistake and it would kill me to know that I've done some kind of permanent damage to myself. But I did start doing some yoga, I figured I should take it slow and just work on stretching those tense neglected muscles for now. I'll be sure to never stop exercising again.

    Thank you!

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