Everybody eats too much sometimes. After all, what would the point of Thanksgiving be if it wasn’t to stuff ourselves? At what point does an occasional indulgence turn into a real problem? Compulsive overeating is when you eat for reasons other than hunger and past the point of feeling full. People suffering with this eating disorder tend to be overweight, and are usually aware that their eating habits are abnormal.

Causes of Eating Disorders

Most people perceive people with eating disorders as having an obsession with food. However, this perception is just a myth because the real cause of eating disorders is usually a deeper psychological problem that a person has to deal with. Eating disorders can also occur in people who are suffering from physical or mental problems that cannot be dealt with appropriately. In this case, consulting a psychiatrist or a therapist can usually help a lot in preventing a person from developing eating disorders.

An eating disorder can consist of starving, purging or stuffing. Regardless of the exact causes of eating disorders, the individual should seek professional help as soon as possible.

The psychological causes can be many, it could be a trauma that created a negative self body image and then the eating disorder. Low self esteem, problems in a relationship, perfectionism, sexual trauma those are causes also. Negative remarks on the body image of a teenager can have a huge impact on her emotions and mental health

Biological factors. Studies indicate that certain people may have a genetic predisposition to develop an eating disorder and that it probably runs in the family. Several researches prove that having a biological mother or sister with an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating) increases an individual’s likelihood of developing the same disease. A study involving twins also support this conclusion.

Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders plague millions of men and women throughout the world. Many people don’t seek help and eventually die from their disease. Eating disorders are diseases. They afflict the mind, tricking the individual into thinking he or she needs to take the most drastic measures to change his or her appearance. The individual then takes action, be it binge eating, starving themselves, or purging.

A less detected, but still dangerous eating disorder is binge eating. Still another type of eating disorder is compulsive eating. Compulsive eating is known to afflict the most number of people among all the eating disorders but the symptoms of this condition are often very mild so it is not detected until the situation is severe.

They always engage themselves in a compulsive exercise regimen.

They always feel fat despite the glaring fact that they are already below the normal weight.

Continuously exercising

Running to the bathroom following meals

Spending long period of time in bathroom with water running to hide vomiting sounds

Treatment of Eating Disorders

Why do such places exist, anyway? Who in their right mind would think it is okay to promote a disease as if it were a good thing instead of a bad thing? It doesn’t matter how little sense it makes. What matters is that they do exist and they are causing harm to hundreds, if not thousands of people just by keeping them from seeking treatment.

Part of the gymnastics training program should involve lecture sessions given by nutritionists to educate the young athletes on proper nutrition and why eating healthy is necessary to fuel a body undergoing such strenuous activities. It is also crucial that gymnasts who already have eating disorders are encouraged and supported to seek help, and that counseling be available to them when they do. Gymnasts who suffer from eating disorders need the assurance that they will not be subject to criticism or disparaging treatment if they come forward and acknowledge their need for help.


49 thoughts on “Lupus And Cancer Symptoms

  1. Melody

    I am looking for a doctor who can figure it out and find the common “thing” between all my symptoms.?
    Hi,
    I am a 51 years old woman. Last year I was diagnosed with colon cancer stage 3B I had a surgery to remove part of my colon and I had 6 month of chemotherapy. The last chemo was taken on 1/11/2010 I got stronger and I am eating healthy I always did not the regular candidate for colon cancer. For the last few months I do not feel very well. I went to my oncologist and he said I am doing fine and my entire tests came back good. I went to my primary physician he run blood work, every thing come up good except of very low vitamin D (23) and I have a positive ANA. I was referred to rheumatologist, again blood work and Heart Echo. The blood work came good no lupus, however I have positive ANA and my echo show I have slight MVP. I am looking for a doctor who can figure it out and find the common “thing” between all my symptoms.
    My symptoms are:
    Low vitamin D
    Positive ANA
    MVP
    Fibromyalgia
    Fatigue
    Excessive urine / Leaking Urine

  2. ;sldkfja;sdklfj

    ** 2 QUESTIONs… **?
    1. What is lupus and what are the symptoms for lupus? My grandmother died from lupus around 36 years old, 5 days before i was born! I think that is pretty young! I take after her side of the family which has breast cancer, high blood pressure, ect…

    2. I have recently been noticing dandruff in my hair and have tried a couple shampoos, they didn’t work! What are other ways to get rid of it? I heard that tanning can help, is that true?

    -by the way i’m 14!
    Any advice will help, thanks!

  3. The Mommy Delivered

    pain in brain? nose bleeds??? help?
    I believe my husband may be dying and we wont know whats wrong until the autopsy

    ——————————————————————————–

    If anyone has any ideas PLEASE help??

    basics: 45 yr old male, no health problems, heart and lungs in excellent shape…former drinker..smokes 1 pack per day….no history of drugs no current drug use. no medications…140 lbs, 5’5″.

    family medical history:
    aneurysms, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, lupus, arthritis.

    personal medical history:
    presented with headaches 5 yrs ago. when the headaches would come, the blood pressure would go up. diagnosed with migraines. had allergies or severe side effects to all migraine meds. Pain meds dont even touch the pain. 2 yrs into it, the doctor put him on blood pressure meds, which did n othing to control the blood pressure. two years after that, he was taken off of blood pressure meds.
    In the last 6 months symptoms have become worse.

    recent medical findings:
    CT scan done one month ago showed nothing abnormal. CT scan done last week showed mild generalized brain atrophy higher than expected for man his age.
    blood work showed low immunoglobulin G QN.

    Chief Complaints and symptoms at this time:

    weakness (he can not work for the past 5 weeks)
    fatigue
    constant headache (pain comes from deep in head..unlike a headache or migraine)
    a feeling that brain is smaller than head and every turn causes it to bounce against skull causing severe pain
    aversion to noise
    elevated BP with headaches
    most recent, he has developed nose bleeds
    and
    a fungal skin rash that continues to grow in spite of lotrimin cream.

    Help please…I honestly feel like something is bad wrong, but I just dont seem to be able to have any info to share with doctors that would help them to look deeper into this…

    thank you in advance

  4. Walton

    Autoimmune Disorders? Particularly for those with medical backgrounds…?
    A loved one of mine – a female in her 20s – has an undiagnosed medical issue and I’m seeking ideas.

    We’ve been to countless doctors, many of which agree it may be some sort of autoimmune disorder, but what it is exactly has been difficult to pinpoint. It started around 2 years ago when various sores/scabs started appearing on her arms and legs. These really weren’t/aren’t as ghastly as they might sound – they were your average run-of-the-mill sore: circular in nature, ranging from around the size of a pencil eraser to 2 or 3 times that large…Initially it was thought there might have been some practical cause surrounding them, such as scraping herself accidentally in the kitchen or while asleep. But as time went on, we realized that this wasn’t the case. Some have healed, but only slowly and leaving faint scars…Others have yet to heal and new ones begin….There might be a half dozen on each leg/arm…The only other syptom is slight fatigue, as she has known she is borderline anemic since she was a teenager.

    Anyway, we’ve been to GPs, dermatoligist, allergist, and at least one other specialist. They have ran ANA blood tests, CBC blood tests, taken biopsies for cancer, tested for lupus (a suspected culprit for a while because she’s had family members with this condition), tested for autoimmune disorders,
    tested for allergies, gluten tests, and much more…

    None of this yielded anything really…We found out about some light allergies she has, but nothing significant enough to trigger this…Recently went in again and run some of the same tests over again, still awaiting test results, but not extremely hopeful since we’ve been through this before and there is supposedly a great deal of accuracy with most of these tests.

    So any ideas ? Do this sound auto-immune in nature or more like a environmental cause such as a food allergy ? If its autoimmune what might it be ? Given the duration and no other side effects might that point to anything ? None of these symptoms have greatly altered her lifestyle, she still maintains a job and attends graduate school, but its been psychologically stresful for all of us…Any help is appreciated.
    Some are in fact cystic in nature, and her mother had ovarian issues.

    1. Bco4th6th

      I don’t know whether this will help, but one of the first things I would is to start preventive treatments that will either take care of some unknown issue or rule it out.

      This sounds complicated, I know – and I apologize.

      What I mean is, around 75% of people’s health problems that aren’t inherited or injury-related are caused by unintentional dehydration – low water and salt levels. Water and salt make up about 75% of the body’s tissues (the number is just a coincidence), 85% of the brain and 94% of the blood.

      Because the medical community has convinced them that water has little or no nutritional value and is therefore unimportant, and because they warn people to cut back on salt, people are developing health problems that never existed only decades before.

      The current advice that doctors give is to “drink plenty of fluids”. But “fluids” don’t necessarily translate into “water”, and since water is unexciting, people opt for soft drinks, coffee, energy drinks and other alternatives. These drinks do not supply the body with the needed water, even though they may contain water. This is a common misconception that is fueled by the doctors’ advice (they went to medical school, so they couldn’t possibly be wrong). These drinks act like a diuretic and actually pull water out of the body at a rate of nearly 50% more than the water they’re providing.

      The body runs on water, and it won’t accept anything else (other than some natural fruit juices in small to moderate amounts).

      Click on the link below to learn the proper way to correct dehydration.

      One other thing you might consider is Oil of Wild Oregano and/or some other natural herb. Oil of Oregano kills harmful bacteria and is effective on many viruses. If this is the problem that your loved one has, this stuff should take care of it.

      The best thing is, both of these treatments (water/salt and oil of oregano) are natural and has no side effects other than improving ones health. They are completely compatible with any prescription or over-the-counter medication a person may be taking.

  5. The Mommy Delivered

    brain atrophy?????…………………………?
    I believe my husband may be dying and we wont know whats wrong until the autopsy

    ————————————–…

    If anyone has any ideas PLEASE help??

    basics: 45 yr old male, no health problems, heart and lungs in excellent shape…former drinker..smokes 1 pack per day….no history of drugs no current drug use. no medications…140 lbs, 5’5″.

    family medical history:
    aneurysms, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, lupus, arthritis.

    personal medical history:
    presented with headaches 5 yrs ago. when the headaches would come, the blood pressure would go up. diagnosed with migraines. had allergies or severe side effects to all migraine meds. Pain meds dont even touch the pain. 2 yrs into it, the doctor put him on blood pressure meds, which did n othing to control the blood pressure. two years after that, he was taken off of blood pressure meds.
    In the last 6 months symptoms have become worse.

    recent medical findings:
    CT scan done one month ago showed nothing abnormal. CT scan done last week showed mild generalized brain atrophy higher than expected for man his age.
    blood work showed low immunoglobulin G QN.

    Chief Complaints and symptoms at this time:

    weakness (he can not work for the past 5 weeks)
    fatigue
    constant headache (pain comes from deep in head..unlike a headache or migraine)
    a feeling that brain is smaller than head and every turn causes it to bounce against skull causing severe pain
    aversion to noise
    elevated BP with headaches
    most recent, he has developed nose bleeds
    and
    a fungal skin rash that continues to grow in spite of lotrimin cream.

    Help please…I honestly feel like something is bad wrong, but I just dont seem to be able to have any info to share with doctors that would help them to look deeper into this…

    thank you in advance
    ZAM: thats the problem..he quit drinking 6 yrs ago…the brain CT a MONTH ago showed normal…in ONE months time, his brain shrunk.

    1. Alex

      Alcohol abuse and smoking seems caused most of the brain injury.
      People often underestimate the magnitude of problem and therefore surprised when damages accumulate.
      Sorry!

  6. happydays

    Only 23 and very sick. No one can figure it out. What is wrong with me?
    very underweight female. 23. born almost 4 months premature. was healthy until the age of 17 when i developed these symptoms:

    extreme fatigue, diagnosis of gallbladder disease (+removal of gallbladder). developed moderate depression (being treated successfully with zoloft. have also been on lexapro, celexa, prozac. all worked but side effects intolerable.), developed very painful joint pain in hips and down legs. (arthritis test negative). have daily headaches on the top of my skull. tested positive for COPD (have never smoked and have no history in the family). developed anxiety. developed unexplained tachycardia (being treated with atenolol.), developed rash on stomach which has been present for several years on and off. developed extremely painful menstrual cramps (periods have been stopped entirely by birth control medicine – nuva ring). Have developed melanoma in weird places not exposed to the sun and have not ever tanned or been out in the sun much. No scan ever performed. Spots seem to pop up overnight and when biopsy is done they have been melanoma cells. Each has been removed, with the last not being able to get clear margins. Have to be watched every few months to see if more pigmentation shows up.

    Generally do not feel “well.” Not terrible, but not well. Am VERY tired all the time.

    Family History: Grandmother and Mother: prolapse mitral valve. Treated with Atenolol. Both had dysthimia as well. Treated successfully with Lexapro. Both had rare cancers. Mother had extremely rare form of lymphoma, one of 3 in the US at the time. Grandmother had bone cancer.

    Fraternal Grandmother: drug induced lupus. Bladder cancer. thryoid disease, goiter removed.

    Fraternal Grandfather: Lung Cancer. Diabetes.

    Father: IBS. Allergies. Hay fever.

    Sister: High testosterone levels (unexplained.) Weird rash on arms and face – mystery to doctors.

    Great Aunt: very very rare form of Leukemia developed in her late 60’s.

    What is WRONG with me?!

    1. Maria

      I’m not certain, but your pedigree is loaded with quite a bit of autoimmune disorders. I have a couple at least (food allergies and allergy-induced asthma). My family on my mother’s side is packed with them (Guillain; pernicious anemia; psoriasis).

      I follow the autoimmune disorders protocol found in the Life Extension web site. I have their book. I don’t think they cover everything well, but the book is a good guide for me. Each section is authored by an MD who specializes in research. There is as section on autoimmune disorders and how to deal with it. The book is published on their web site. You can print out the portion on the autoimmune disorders.

      Autoimmune disorders are very common–Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Guillain, food allergies, pernicious anemia, eczema/psoriosis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, and so forth. There are tons of diseases autoimmune in origin. You may just have a sliver of it, or none of it.

      I can’t think of any other plausible explanation. Systemic illnesses with all kinds of various symptoms that come and go just smack of an immune dysfunction to me.

  7. Jennifer O

    2 high d-dimer results with no blood clot?
    Hi everyone – first let me thank you for taking the time to help me, I don’t know what to do anymore.

    Okay – Family History: My father has a blood clotting disorder and is on life long anti-coagulant therapy. My aunt had lupus. Cancer runs on both sides of my family ranging from leukemia to breast cancer.

    Me –

    In July I was hospitalized with a suspected blood clot; I had racing heart, trouble breathing, and felt faint. D-Dimer was high at 4.56 but echo, ultrasound, and lung CT were normal. Sent home on a moth regimen of anti-coagulants.

    Yesterday, back in the ER for pain in my right leg and it felt as if my leg was emanating heat. Ultrasound clear but D-dimer elevated again at 3.86. Told to see hematologist. This morning I woke up and for the first 3 hours my pinky and ring finger on my right hand were numb.

    Other possible symptoms: I have been to an endocrinologist to have my thyroid checked because despite religious exercise and eating right, I gain a pound or 2 then stay at that weight and then gain some more. Plus I have a low libido and fatigue. All tests came back normal.

    I have noticed my memory is lacking these days and I can be quite irritable.

    Does anyone have any clue s to what is up with me??

  8. JJH

    feel like I am going crazy?
    Recently I have been feeling very anxious and nerverous. I have been having the uncontrolable feelng that I have every illness out there. I went from being scared of breast cancer, to having Lupus and now I have a fear that I may have lyme, rabies or lou gergig Diease(sp?). I went to see a new doctor and they ran blood work and all is in order. I went to doc ordianlly because I had lightheadeness and pain in the left shoulder and arm. Now I have this jumpy feeling under my skin, so of course i think I could have a nervous system problem. i have been excessively grinding teeth at night and wake up unrested and fatigued the rest of the day. Is this a normal sign of depression and anxiety, thinking that evry horrblie is happening to me. I just feel like I’am losing my mind and I just want to feel like me again. There are so many other little symptoms too but just too many to dive into.

  9. Michelle S

    Do I have a tumor? ParaThyroid Problems?
    PLEASE NOTE I have tried all the symptom checkers on the internet and this issue is too complex for those, so please dont suggest that in your answer..

    I have lots of symptoms and I feel like I am dying (literally) so I am interested to find out what people think I may have. I have all kinds of tests lined up over the next week (I just had a blood test, having a CAT scan, and checkups with various doctors, endocrinologists etc.)
    Symptoms: general feeling of being EXTREMELY tired (like onset of flu, aching muscles, esp in the lower back and the shoulders/neck area – to the extent that I sleep a good nights sleep then go out for 10 mins in the morning and have to come back home for a nap). I also have ear symptoms – my ears feel like I have a sock stuck between them, a fair amount of pressure in my head just behind my ears, and I hear sounds but in a “fuzzy” way (cant hear some low freq sounds like thunder etc – had a hearing test and this was confirmed). My ENT actually did surgery, draining fluid from my ears and putting tubes in my ears, and though this helped a little it was a VERY little, it definitely didnt help with the main problem.. I still have popping noises in my ears and those pops are followed by reduced hearing or enhanced hearing alternately and a feeling of wetness at the entrance to my ears, though the ENT says there is no discharge.. I occasionally feel a little dizzy. I seem to sleep ok, but as I am going to sleep I have that feeling like you are falling out of bed and kind of shock yourself awake – a few times each night.. not sure if that is relevant.. Just prior to the onset of all these symptoms I had a TERRIBLE backache – I could hardly walk for a week – and that was followed by what appeared to be a real flu.. Also recently I had a “boo boo” on my foot that failed to heal and I have had lots of pains in my mouth – as if my teeth were all going to fall out, and also a feeling of having mouth ulcers all over my mouth. Also, prior to the onset of these symptoms I had been feeling a lot more tired than usual for the past three years (since the birth of my second child).. during the first year of this, I had gone to the doctors and had lots of tests and they all came up blank – nothing wrong.. I am hoping this time they find something or I will feel like a hyperchondriac. Please feel free to speculate about what the problem maybe, though I prefer Doctors to give their views if possible.. I have come up with the following possibilities:
    Epstein Barr virus
    Hodgkins Lymphoma
    Myeloma
    Lupus
    Nasopharyngeal cancer

    1. Memere RN/BA

      I’m sorry but I didn’t even read any of it and I’ll tell you why. You should never try to diagnose anything on a web site simply because many of those sites don’t give both sides of the story or problem. They only give vague symptoms that could be anything.
      I was 23 when I had my parathyroid removed because of a tumor. It began on my thyroid, wrapped itself around my parathyroid, and half way around my esophagus prohibiting me from sleeping on my back because it would feel like I was being choked. The tumor protruded so it was visible on the outside It didn’t bother me at the time and if it wasn’t for my friends mother, I would never have gotten it checked out. I began loosing a lot of weight, started getting very fatigued. There are simple tests that can be done to visualize a tumor. I can see your lists of things you came up with. You picked some goodies. I hope you’re wrong. I’ve been there and I know what it’s like. so if you have a tumor and the parathyroid is involved, you will not only find out, but eventually you will see it, Just don’t wait until that happens. Good luck. Hope you’re well.

  10. superdiana4000

    What is Lupus, and how treatable is it?
    I was just diagnosed with Lupus, I have a history of Ovarian cancer and have had a full hysterectomy in 04. About six months after my hysterectomy I was diagnosed with LUpus. The problem is I don’t know what it is. I get stiff and puffy and my joints are hard to move, but my doctor doesn’t go into great detail of what this disease does. All they have done is put me on predsnisone, and draw my blood every once in a while. I have had recent symptoms that are new life blurry vision, headache anf REAL stiff joints…….help me, I don’t know where to go

  11. gamefreak1972

    odd symptoms? Headache, burning ears, burning skin..?
    ok, so a friend of mine gets headaches (sometimes migraines too), but whats odd is that lately she’s been complaining about her skin having a burning sensation as well. She says its usually her ears, but sometimes forehead, face or back also. She says it feels like a sunburn…but there is no redness, and it really doesnt feel any warmer to the touch like a real sunburn would. Her skin overall seems a lot more sensitive than normal as well. While this is going on, she also seems a bit more moody/grumpy, though I guess if my skin felt burnt for no obvious reason and my head hurt I’d be cranky too…

    No meds, tho she does take a GNC vitamin that does not contain iron or iodine. She also sometimes takes tylenol or excedrin for headaches.

    Other than the occasional migraine, the only other medical condition I know of was that she had to have a hysterectomy a few years back for cystic fibroids. Family medical history has everything from diabetes to lupus to cancer to heart issues.

  12. CelsieFontez

    My 4 year old brother might have Lupus.?
    My little brother is four years old, and he has a lot of the symptoms of Lupus. We got him tested for it, but the doctor was also concerned it could be cancer.
    He is balding, which really makes me think it’s just Lupus, hopefully neither, because chemo makes your hair fall out right?
    Well I was just wondering for some information on Lupus, and how dangerous it is for my brother.
    Btw, since it fights infection and everything, will it be a bigger chance of him dying?

  13. hemppman420

    is aspartame more dangerous than we are told?
    Aspartame has brought more complaints to the FDA than any other additive-ever. It’s responsible for a full 75 percent of the complaints the agency gets. From 10,000 consumer complaints, the FDA compiled a list of 92 symptoms, including death.

    Not only has aspartame been proven to make you fatter, it’s been proven to cause some pretty serious diseases, not the least of which are cancer and neurological diseases.
    Sure, the marketing geniuses would have you think it’s health food, but the truth paints a very different picture. Over the years, various reports have implicated aspartame in headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, and cancer. It also appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, and depression.
    In terms of toxicity to the body diet soda is much more dangerous than cannabis. (In fact THC or any form of marijuana when ingested is non-toxic to the human body)

  14. hemppman420

    why is nutra-sweet legal!!?
    Aspartame has brought more complaints to the FDA than any other additive-ever. It’s responsible for a full 75 percent of the complaints the agency gets. From 10,000 consumer complaints, the FDA compiled a list of 92 symptoms, including death.

    Not only has aspartame been proven to make you fatter, it’s been proven to cause some pretty serious diseases, not the least of which are cancer and neurological diseases.
    Sure, the marketing geniuses would have you think it’s health food, but the truth paints a very different picture. Over the years, various reports have implicated aspartame in headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, and cancer. It also appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, and depression.
    In terms of toxicity to the body diet soda is much more dangerous than cannabis. (In fact THC or any form of marijuana when ingested is non-toxic to the human body)

  15. Adam F

    I have pain… and no end in sight.?
    OK, so I’ve got pains I can’t explain… the problem is that I’ve been to countless doctors and have been unable to get a satisfactory diagnosis.

    The pain seems to be everywhere… when I am seated in certain positions… I feel it in my hips and in my mid back. When I walk or stand for any length of time… the pain is lower now… like my lumbar area… and in my neck… I also have numbness and heat in my hands (like arthritis)… tingling in my chest… numbness, tingling and heat in my legs. I have pains in my chest too… though I think that might just be panic and fear over these pains…. I don’t know.

    I’ve been given pain meds and muscle relaxants which work… but then I run out and I’ve been unable to find a doctor who is willing to give me an ongoing prescription.

    I’ve gone to acupuncturists, chiropractors, pain management centers, walk in clinics…. I’ve spent THOUSANDS, all to no avail.

    I have also invested in a Temper-pedic mattress, weekly massage, a hot tub… and still I am plagued by pain.

    Further, as this is impacting both my mood and my ability to think clearly, I’ve spiraled into a deep depression where I feel absolutely certain I am going to die… and soon. The fear of this and worry over my family is keeping me up at night… I find myself looking up my symptoms and finding the causes ranging from anything from a weakened immune system to lung cancer to leukemia. So naturally I’m terrified.

    The other thing is that I’m uninsured and insurable (due to my weight… I’m 315lbs, and the fact that I’m self employed)… and because I’m unable to really exercise…. so it’s getting worse… not better.

    I had a seated MRI in January… I think some of my problems are only clear when I’m standing since that’s when I’m in pain.

    According to the MRI (we didn’t do the lumbar), I have I have at least three blown discs… T-10 to T11, T-11 to T-12 and T-12 to L-1…. that plus macular degeneration of the discs is causing inflammation and osteoarthritis symptoms…. I’m only 38… yet apparently I have the spine of a 70 year old.

    I recently paid $3000 OOP for facet injections… a mixture of steroids and Novocaine… and I’ve gotten some minor relief…. but I’m still in alot of pain and it’s not getting better. My hands are on fire most of the time.

    To be honest, I’m not convinced the pain I’m in is all in my back…. I feel chest pains and hip pains too… I’ve been told it’s all related… but part of me says fibromyalgia, part of me says it’s depression or a midlife crisis… and another part of me thinks it might be cancer, lupus, a heart condition, or even AIDS…. because all sometimes present as inflammation of the joints… and referring pain.

    To make matters worse, I now can’t find a doctor to give me something to help the pain anymore… I’ve been to dozens of clinics…. the prevailing thought is that if it can’t be cured with 30 days worth of flexoril and vicoden… I should be made to suffer.

    The last doctor I went to suggested I lose the weight…. as if that hadn’t been discussed… or as if I could stand up long enough to exercise meaningfully.

    So guys…. what do I do?
    I am dieting… and I’m taking Alli… a great diet pill… it’s working.

    I also do not have any history selling pills or avoiding treatment.

    The pain management clinics in my area are against giving out pain medication for some reason… they all promote alternative remedies… which don’t work.

    How do I find a pain management clinic who is willing to prescribe drugs?

  16. Chris[Curtsy]Fingers

    What is this sharp pain my my chest and shoulder?
    I have a sharp pain over my left lung in the lower left side back, my heart, and goes into my left inside shoulder. It lasted for a few hours, and the pain got pretty intense to the point it was taking my breath away. It got worse when I took a breath, laughed, or coughed. and then I went to sleep and woke up and it hasn’t hurt in about two weeks. I don’t smoke, drink, do any drugs. I havn’t had any injury’s, or had any trauma. But since its went away, I havn’t seen a Dr.

    Lupus and breast cancer runs in my family. So does heart disease. But If I had one of those wouldn’t I still have the symptoms?

  17. KaelynnU

    Please help me figure out what’s wrong with my body.?
    I’ve been getting sick more and more often lately. I’ve always been the sickly child. Fibromyalgia, lupus, diabetes and cancer run in my family but I really doubt what’s going on is cancer. My symptoms: severe joint and muscle pain constantly and motrin and Tylenol do not help, frequent headaches, heavy periods usually, I have pretty bad allergies, severe fatigue no matter how much sleep and all I do is go to school and I don’t take PE so I don’t exert myself, I’m usually irritable and lately I’ve been really really depressed. I’ve also been sick about 6 times in the past 8 weeks. When I get home from school it’s all I can do to stay standing and awake. I also have back issues but I don’t think that has anything to do with this. Pleas just help me figure out what’s wrong with me and give me a way to convince my mom to take me to the doctor
    Oh yea and I am super cold intolerant. I wear my big heavy coat when everyone else just wears a light jacket and I’ve lived in Kansas for over 7 years now.
    I can’t excercise. It hurts too bad during and afterwords. I tried to do track last year but had to quit after two weeks because my body hurt so bad. Btw I’m 14

  18. KaelynnU

    Help there is something not right with my body/health?
    I’ve been getting sick more and more often lately. I’ve always been the sickly child. Fibromyalgia, lupus, diabetes and cancer run in my family but I really doubt what’s going on is cancer. My symptoms: severe joint and muscle pain constantly and motrin and Tylenol do not help, frequent headaches, heavy periods usually, I have pretty bad allergies, severe fatigue no matter how much sleep and all I do is go to school and I don’t take PE so I don’t exert myself, I’m usually irritable and lately I’ve been really really depressed. I’ve also been sick about 6 times in the past 8 weeks. When I get home from school it’s all I can do to stay standing and awake. I also have back issues but I don’t think that has anything to do with this. Pleas just help me figure out what’s wrong with me and give me a way to convince my mom to take me to the doctor.
    Oh yea and I am super cold intolerant. I wear my big heavy coat when everyone else just wears a light jacket and I’ve lived in Kansas for over 7 years now
    I wasn’t super sick. It was just like 48 hour viruses but I was sick enough to stay home from school and for me I have to be pretty sick to stay home

  19. Jessy J

    PCOS and ovarian cancer?
    ok, so im 19 and have been diagnosed with having PCOS. but, i have noticed that i also have symptoms of ovarian cancer. now, what are the chances that i could have that also?

    i have changed doctors 3 times in the last three years and have finally found one that seems to truly care and she does everything she can to find out the true cause of things so i am very thankful i have her now, but i have not even been with her for a year yet.

    so, i was wondering if i should wate till my july visit to talk to her about this.
    i can not find much on ovarian cancer, and was wondering if any body had a good list of symptoms because i am very confused about this

    also, my sister has lupus, and her and my mother(both in medical fields and mother is married to a dr.) think i may have a m,ilder form of lupus, so it may not be ovarian cancer.

    so if some one could just please give me a good list, i can add more details because right now i am so confused i do not know where to start and all this is so overwhelming when you KNOW something is not right but do not know how to explain it in hopes of being properly diagnosed with out it taking years.

    (my sister was mis diagnosed with lupus for over ten years.)

    thank you soooo much!!!

  20. LoveMe!

    does this sound like lupus? should i go see a doctor?
    Ok plz help! I’m 17 and I’m a severe hypochondriac, I was looking up the symptoms to lupus and before then I never had any pain but my thighs ache but I can make it go away when I focus on something else, I don’t have any joint pains, fatigue, rashes or anything like that, but the pain in my thighs is very mild. My mom said I’m making it up in my head because before I was soo true I had glaucoma,enlarged heart,anuersym, brain tumor, cancer, and I’ve been through every test to show I didn’t have any of those and then as soon as I found out it was in my head I felt fine. Could this be the beginning signs of lupus? Please help!

  21. chan

    Have any moms had an Abo Incompatibility with their baby? If so has it affected your health?
    ive been tested for everything under the sun (lupus, kidney disease, cancer, etc etc) and I am still suffering with no diagnosis. I have many symptoms (low wbc 3.0, fingernail color changes, fatigue, burning throughout body) If anyone has gone through this, please share your stories.

  22. 27 Yr Old Married Guy

    Crohns, Celiac, Lupus, Hypothyroidism????? Help!?
    I started to have mental fogginess issued back in 2004, and remember having a general feeling of not feeling well. I can’t really remember exactly what it was like back then though. By the time 2006 came along, my issues had progressed pretty rapidly. I…

    – Had mental clarity issues.
    – I would get up to go to the grocery store and get in the car and realized I had forgotten where I was going.
    – I would bruise easily. I had diarrhea.
    My stomach was extremely bloated.
    I could barely carry on a conversation.

    After a few failed attempts at the doctors, I DIAGNOSED MYSELF with Celiac’s disease. Immediately, I went on a gluten free diet. After 6 months of being gluten free, I did notice improvement in some areas. But I never got to feeling 100%. Not even 60%.

    So I continued my research…

    About a year ago, I truly thought I was dying. I had…

    It feels as if all my stomach organs are swollen along with my head
    I feel like I have a fever, and my skin is hot to the touch (but no actual fever)
    Severe mental fogginess
    Underarm sweating
    Diarrhea
    Severe grogginess when waking
    Severe bloating
    Bruisings
    Pressure headaches (get migraines on occasions with blurred vision, I think unrelated)
    Swollen and puffy eyes
    Got sick easily
    Cold hands and feet
    Shiver in cold weather
    Fatigue
    Major skin issues. Pustuals on the hands and feet, rashes, etc. However I was able to get that at bay with very very mild soap.

    I knew at this point, I had to make a change. I cut everything out of my diet and slowly reintroduced things. At the end of this test, the only thing I could eat (at not perfect at that) was fruits, veggies, millet bread, sunflower butter (peanut butter substitute). I stuck to that diet for about 6 months and really better but dropped to 140 pounds. I went from a 1 out of 10 to a 6. But then started noticing that I was lacking nutrients and was getting other symptoms for not being balanced nutritionally. I have added a few things back in with a major herbal supplement system that I have created to help assist.

    Right now my diet is this…

    Food:
    Fruits
    Veggies
    Millet bread
    Sunflower butter

    Supplements:
    Garden of Life meal shake with probiotics and enzymes
    Activated Charcoal (Draw out poisons)
    Aloe Juice (Digestion)
    Basil (Digestion)
    Cayenne (Immune Booster)
    Cilantro (Detox)
    Cinnamon (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Coconut (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial)
    Flax Oil (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Garlic (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal)
    Ginger (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Ginko (Blood Flow)
    Ginsing (Digestion)
    Lime (Anti-Biotic)
    Mushroom (Cancer inhibitor)
    Peppermint (Digestion)
    Rosemary (Blood Flow)
    Tumeric (Anti-Inflammatory, Cancer Fighter)
    Lemon Water

    I have seen certain improvements with my herbal remedy, but nothing too major.
    I thought way back that it was celiac’s. Deleting gluten from my diet helped, but did not fix the problem. My current research makes me feel like it is either Crohn’s or something similar, or Hepatitis C. I have read that the two can be confused. I have recently been tested through a private company for Hep C and it came back Negative. What confuses me is that I do not have stomach pain like most Crohn’s patients do. However, I am pretty sure I have an ulcer. I do have a sharp pain in my stomach that comes and goes at times. And the biggest issue for me is mental clarity and this swelling fever I deal with. I can deal with irregular bowel movements, but the way I feel is unacceptable. I have a copy of blood work I had done a year ago when I was feeling my worst, and I noticed that they didn’t test for Hypothyroidism? Do these symptoms sound like this could possibly be a culprit? Lupus?

    I am probably the healthiest person you know. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, all of my diet is natural organic from the earth foods, herbs and minerals. I should not fee the way that I do.

    Please help!

  23. pat=P

    Upper upper thighbone pain?
    So i have recently having upper tightbone pain expecialy at night.
    and i had concluded that it might be one out of several things
    1-my mother had recently had surgerey for a sertain kind of lupus and she had to get her hip socket replaced ( this can be passed on in generations. , she was also dygnosed with this when i was 12. so is this possible}?
    2- cancer? maybe. i have read up on some cancers, such as testicular and prostate cancer. and one symptom for advanced prostate and testicular cancer is pain in the upper thighbones
    3- i have recently been able to crack my upper thighbone ( sorta like you crack your fingures ) and i have been doing this and seeing if their.. avaiable to crack, if that makes sence.

    please help im very worried. i realy hope its nothing to do with cancer. or lupos and i hope its just because ive been cracking my those bones in that area.

  24. Kristy Elkins

    Fibromyalgia symptoms and treatments?
    I havent been diagnosed with fibromylagia yet, and am half afraid to tell my doctor thats what I think I have. Shell probably tell me im nuts, plus I read that theres no real test to say…Yes you have it. But after accidentally stumbling across an ad for Lyrica, and it listed some symptoms of fibromyalgia, I thought to do some research on the subject. Ive been back and fourth to the doctor…goodness like 15 times in the last 2 years! Initially just complaining about extreme fatigue, troubles falling asleep, and not being able to stay asleep once I fell asleep. Then it stemmed into joint pain complaints. I did find out I had lyme disease, so my doctor thought thats what the problem was. Well I took the meds, got re tested and the lyme is cured. This is over a year ago now…but my symptoms are worse. Been back again a few times since then, and she just said theres nothing wrong with me, im just depressed. She tried giving me sleeping pills, which just made me more groggy so I stopped taking them. Then she gave me some off brand stress management med… not quite a depression med, which didnt help. After doing reaserch on fibromyalgia, im SURE thats what I have. Besides the extreme tiredness, and lack of ability to stay asleep, I have horrible muscle and joint aches. I wake up and feel like ive excersised for hours the day before! Im stiff and find it painful to move. What really got me though, is I have pain in all the places ive read online that affect people with fibromyalgia the most. The neck, hips, shoulders, and knees. Thats where most of my pain is. I have frequent headaches, and the other thing that really sold me was the IBS thats linnked with fibromylagia. Ive always had bad cramps and gas like I have to go to the bathroom realllly bad even when I dont have to go, and my bowel movements have always been strange, going alot some days, not going for a day or two at other times. Ive always wondered why until I read about IBS. I know fibromyalgia can mimic lupus and other conditions, but my doctor did test me for lupus and a few others and they were all negative. I also read that fibromyalgia can come about after very traumatic times, and it seems like mine started about 2 1/2 years ago. And ALOT has happened to me in that time. My sister was murdered 3 years ago, my mom died 2 years ago, my brother had a cancer scare shortly after our mom died. So thats another reason I suspect fibromyalgia. So does it really sound like I have fibromyalgia? And what can I do to help it? I cant live with this tiredness anymore! I dont even care about the pain as much as I do about constantly being tired and fatigued!

  25. Asia ♥

    I’ve been sick for 5 years, why havent my doctors mentioned or checked for Cancer?
    I first got sick when I was 16 out of nowhere.
    It started off with Nausea, loss of appetite and dizziness.
    About a year and a half later the symptoms got less severe.
    Then I started having severe fatigue, shortness of breath, pain behind the eyes, wounds that dont heal well, purple toes, gas, occasional stomach pain, anxiety, and chronic runny nose.

    I’ve been to alot of doctors and they can’t seem to find anything.
    I’ve been diagnosed with IBS..which doesnt explain anything.
    They’ve tested for:
    Diabetes
    Thyroid issues
    Celiac disease
    Lupus
    Adrenal issues
    Vitamin levels
    Liver blood test (I’m not sure if that included Hepatitis.)

    I have cancer in my family and I worry sometimes that my problem could be something serious… it’s been going on long enough and no one can tell me whats wrong..

    I do have a cyst on my ovary and a polyp on my gallbladder…what makes my doctors so sure that they arent cancerous?

    I just wish I could get better

  26. wHo DaT gIrL*

    Could I have lupus? Please read.?
    well, I’m 15 in 9th grade and ever since i was in second grade i’v always been sick a lot but not really with a specific thing just “not feeling well”. This year, it got a loooot worse.

    The symptoms I experienced this year (school year) were all GI related in the beggining (September to early December). I had a lot of bad abdominal problems. You name it, I get it. In December i got into the pediactric GI dr because there is not one around where I live so I had to travel.

    The things that were already ruled out were celiac diseas, galbladder disease, liver disease, colon cancer, colitis, pancreatitis, ulcers, parasites. I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy in feb and the dr said my insides looked “pink and perfect” and diagnosed me with overproduction of acid and irritable bowel syndrome.

    Lately, ever since December or January I would get body aches in my arms and legs and headaches but they’d come and go. Nothing I paid special attention to. At the end of feb I went to the eye dr and was diagnosed with baaaad dry eyes. I use artificial tears and they have helped.

    I am also ALWAYS thirsty! I don’t eat fried foods or salty foods and I haven’t eaten much today but tonight i have had the woooorst problem with thirst! I have drinken a bottle of root beer that didn’t help so i drank a bottle of water that didn’t help so I drank a bottle of vitamin water that didn’t help so I drank 2 glasses of juice and ice cubes and NOTHING is quenching my thirst! IT’S TERRIBLE!!

    For about a week i’v been getting the body aches more severe and also pains in both my legs under my knees and the same type of pain in my left wrist, and in the fingers on my right hand and a tingling in my tongue and sometimes feel numb in my hands and legs and bones. Could this be MS or lupus? I know with MS sometimes u get abdominal symptoms.

  27. Destiny

    What is wrong with me? Serious Answers Only Please.?
    Okay for a while now I have felt extremely out of wack. Here are a list of symptoms, maybe you can tell me what is wrong with me…
    1. Pain in my joints. (especially hands, knees, elbows)
    2. Low grade fever (never over 99)
    3. Tired yet can’t sleep
    4. Dizziness
    5. Swolen throat (difficulty breathing)
    6. Pain in upper right hand side of chest when breathing (not persistant, mostly random)
    7. Round dime size bruises popping up randomly on legs and feet (no known cause)
    8. Severely dry lips (looks more like a rash of some sort)

    And before someone leaves something about STD’s that is impossible/ out of the question.

    Also some background info. My family has a history of heart problems, diabetis, lupus, and cancer.
    Also, I am not dehydrated. I drink water all the time. And I am trying to decide if I should see my doctor. I don’t have great insurance and don’t want to spend the money if I have nothing to worry about. I am thinking it could be Lupus. But I don’t like admitting I have a cold, much less anthing else.

  28. Michelle S

    Doctors only please answer this question?
    PLEASE NOTE I have tried all the symptom checkers on the internet and this issue is too complex for those, so please dont suggest that in your answer..
    ALSO Please note that I dont want opinions like “dont try to answer this on the internet” – I am already trying to answer this via blood tests, CAT scans etc. but I want a DOCTORS opinion on what my problem sounds like please..

    I have lots of symptoms and I feel like I am dying (literally) so I am interested to find out what people think I may have. I have all kinds of tests lined up over the next week (I just had a blood test, having a CAT scan, and checkups with various doctors, endocrinologists etc.)
    Symptoms: general feeling of being EXTREMELY tired (like onset of flu, aching muscles, esp in the lower back and the shoulders/neck area – to the extent that I sleep a good nights sleep then go out for 10 mins in the morning and have to come back home for a nap). I also have ear symptoms – my ears feel like I have a sock stuck between them, a fair amount of pressure in my head just behind my ears, and I hear sounds but in a “fuzzy” way (cant hear some low freq sounds like thunder etc – had a hearing test and this was confirmed). My ENT actually did surgery, draining fluid from my ears and putting tubes in my ears, and though this helped a little it was a VERY little, it definitely didnt help with the main problem.. I still have popping noises in my ears and those pops are followed by reduced hearing or enhanced hearing alternately and a feeling of wetness at the entrance to my ears, though the ENT says there is no discharge.. I occasionally feel a little dizzy. I seem to sleep ok, but as I am going to sleep I have that feeling like you are falling out of bed and kind of shock yourself awake – a few times each night.. not sure if that is relevant.. I was told it sounds a bit like an epileptic fit.. Just prior to the onset of all these symptoms I had a TERRIBLE backache – I could hardly walk for a week – and that was followed by what appeared to be a real flu.. Also recently I had a “boo boo” on my foot that failed to heal and I have had lots of pains in my mouth – as if my teeth were all going to fall out, and also a feeling of having mouth ulcers all over my mouth. Also, prior to the onset of these symptoms I had been feeling a lot more tired than usual for the past three years (since the birth of my second child).. during the first year of this, I had gone to the doctors and had lots of tests and they all came up blank – nothing wrong.. I am hoping this time they find something or I will feel like a hyperchondriac. Please feel free to speculate about what the problem maybe, though I prefer Doctors to give their views if possible.. I have come up with the following possibilities:
    Epstein Barr virus
    Hodgkins Lymphoma
    Myeloma
    Lupus
    Nasopharyngeal cancer

    1. lovelyred

      Sorry, Im not a doc… but I do work with them in a health care field.
      I have to admit that I have been having very similar symptoms as well for the last 6 years. I have seen specialist after specialist. Because the symptoms are sort of “vague” in a way, they are starting to get closer to an answer. I am now awaiting a referral to the Endocrinologist (and my health care team seems very positive that I will get a diagnosis then).
      For me, this has been going on so long because I was diagnosed with Gullaine-Barre Syndrome and a chronic form (CIDP) and thought that the symptoms I now have were because of that. You might want to Google that and see if it sounds a bit like when youre experiencing. They thought for a long time that it was Epstein-Barr, Lymphoma, or MS.
      I have spoken to more than a couple of colleagues about this and they all feel that all signs are leading to hormones being unbalanced. have you had your hormones checked? I have had some results saying that some of my hormones are not where they should be…

      From what you wrote, it sounds like the referrals and tests they have ordered are leading you on the right path.
      I know how hard it feels to keep pursing this while you are feeling so sick, but please for youre own sake, keep on it until you get an answer and feel better again. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

      All the best.

  29. Michelle S

    What is wrong with me?
    I have lots of symptoms and I feel like I am dying (literally) so I am interested to find out what people think I may have. I have all kinds of tests lined up over the next week (I just had a blood test, having a CAT scan, and checkups with various doctors, endocrinologists etc.)
    Symptoms: general feeling of being EXTREMELY tired (like onset of flu, aching muscles, esp in the lower back and the shoulders/neck area – to the extent that I sleep a good nights sleep then go out for 10 mins in the morning and have to come back home for a nap). I also have ear symptoms – my ears feel like I have a sock stuck between them, a fair amount of pressure in my head just behind my ears, and I hear sounds but in a “fuzzy” way (cant hear some low freq sounds like thunder etc – had a hearing test and this was confirmed). My ENT actually did surgery, draining fluid from my ears and putting tubes in my ears, and though this helped a little it was a VERY little, it definitely didnt help with the main problem.. I still have popping noises in my ears and those pops are followed by reduced hearing or enhanced hearing alternately and a feeling of wetness at the entrance to my ears, though the ENT says there is no discharge.. I occasionally feel a little dizzy. I seem to sleep ok, but as I am going to sleep I have that feeling like you are falling out of bed and kind of shock yourself awake – a few times each night.. not sure if that is relevant.. Just prior to the onset of all these symptoms I had a TERRIBLE backache – I could hardly walk for a week – and that was followed by what appeared to be a real flu.. Also recently I had a “boo boo” on my foot that failed to heal and I have had lots of pains in my mouth – as if my teeth were all going to fall out, and also a feeling of having mouth ulcers all over my mouth. Also, prior to the onset of these symptoms I had been feeling a lot more tired than usual for the past three years (since the birth of my second child).. during the first year of this, I had gone to the doctors and had lots of tests and they all came up blank – nothing wrong.. I am hoping this time they find something or I will feel like a hyperchondriac. Please feel free to speculate about what the problem maybe, though I prefer Doctors to give their views if possible.. I have come up with the following possibilities:
    Epstein Barr virus
    Hodgkins Lymphoma
    Myeloma
    Lupus
    Nasopharyngeal cancer
    I just want to add that, I have tried the symptom finder on webmd and it is sorely lacking for this kind of multi symptom thing.. it doesnt help..but thanks for the suggestion

  30. 1shrtskrt

    so MANY symptoms perfect bloodwork!…could antibiotics CAUSE blood tests TO BE NORMAL when there is a prob?
    i take doxicycline for acne, i have many symptoms that are pointing to lupus, lyme disease, cancer etc……… my blood work tests are normal i took myself off the antibiotics to get blood wrk re tested w/ hopes of changes the dr will recognize as a lead—but he didn’t tell me to stop them so he could see for himself… so does this not make any sense? should the blood work show signs of disease anyway? or only if its late stage? so confused!!!!
    symptoms vary greatly and im getting no def answers after switching dr’s time and again seeing specialists and researching ,myself(which is relentless)
    i have symptoms of:
    Renaud’s syndrome, alopecea, circulatory problems(painfull swollen vessels causing hives!broken blood vessels), skin problems(acne, wounds wont heal, blood vessels leaving marks, hives), hard lymph nodes in groin as well as swollen tender lymph nodes EVERYWHERE!, weird lump inside throat(went to ENT saw rawness w/ scope but no answers) itchyness(especially scalp), DRY SKIN, swollen painfull knees and ankles(tested neg forRA), blood and mucus in stools, heavy periods w/ blood clots, swollen vulva and cervix(cervix has purple growing hard dots(dr says cysts and they’re normal-but they multiplied and grew ALL OF A SUDDEN!)
    tested neg for RA, CELIAC, HIV, CLAMYDEA, GONORRHEA, STREP, O AND P(STOOLS), ALL BASIC CBC AND BLOOD WORK NORMAL! COULD BE BC OF ANTIBIOTICS? AND IF SO, SHOULD MY DR HAVE KNOWN THAT? CAUSE I WILL CHANGE DR’S AGAIN!

  31. Metal Nettle

    My list of symptoms, anyone want to have a guess?
    I have a few symptoms, on their own they don’t seem to be much of anything but all together I am a bit worried, every time I go to the doc they look at one condition and offer advice but I’m wondering if I should make a list and bring it in – and how can I do that without appearing like a total hypochondriac, lol

    I’ve had several tears to my back muscles over the years, and have constant low level back pain with bursts of sharp stabs and stiffness, the doc says it’s muscular not my spine or discs – I can accept this, and I take codeine to keep it at bay. However, since about January, I have had pain in the back of my left knee – the doc refered me to an osteopathy clinic where a technician told me it was just soft tissue, suggesting the capsule at the top of the ligament, and I was supposed to put on cold packs for two weeks and go back, tried that and it didn’t help, so he’s started massaging it – and by massaging I mean digging his fingers in to see if he can make it less sensitive. It hurts. It doesn’t sound like a great idea.

    I also got a huge swollen node under my arm (coincided with a careless sunburn), I went back in two weeks to have it checked again and they sent me for a blood test, the results of which were within acceptable range.

    Now, my problems are, I have bad lower back muscles, I have this dodgy knee and I have a huge lump in my neck, and a smaller one on the back of my head, but with my white count being ok, it’s not going to be breast cancer (what they were ruling out) but also not likely to be an infection. My new thing this past week is a sharp pain around the top right of my left shoulder blade, feels like a muscle or a tendon, not in the bone and not in the joint, more in the soft tissue. It feels like my back muscles do, that sharp itchy pain when it’s torn and healing. I have a click in my neck too, something grinding.

    So why would this lymph gland be up? could it be connected to something in the back of my knee? and if so, what?

    I am female, 40, in good health, I am 5ft4 and about 110pounds, I have never been ill with a named disease except childhoods (measles, chicken pox, mumps) and asthma when I reached 32, I am on nothing but occasional asthma meds and my codeine.

    I wonder if I am treating my body too harshly and carrying loads of shopping that are really too heavy now I am getting older (not old yet though), but since I am taking the back pills, I am perhaps not realising it’s hurting me until later? maybe I have weakened muscles prone to injury – but why if that’s the case? I don’t really know, anyone care to take a stab? have I got two unrelated issues (nodes and muscles) or does it sound like something all together? it’s not cancer of lupus, the bloods rule one out, the symptoms the other. My knee thought it was slightly injured in May 2009, does not have a Bakers cyst, had the U/S to rule that out before getting sent to the osteo.
    Sorry, that should read “cancer OR lupus”, I appear to have badspellingcheckitis too.
    No shutup, that’s not the answer, being rude rarely is. My medical file after 40 years is about 2mm thick, I’m not a hypochondriac, Amanda said the same as my husband, go tell them there’s something wrong and make them do something, but I do play it down, D says I will die saying “I’ll be alright.”

    This is the first time I have asked listing all my problems to see if anyone can see anything that might be connected. Since I suggested it might be wear and tear, I don’t see that I am being unrealistic in my analysis, but I have had minor things and they usually do get better, these just don’t seem to, my back has been “injured” for about 5 years now. The codeine of course is on prescription, I don’t buy it illegally, it was assessed to be the most suitable by my doctor.

    1. Amanda Titus

      bad idea to go into the doctor with only one thing to tell them,if several things are wrong with you.
      like saying:hey i’m sick but not that sick,so i do not need that much attention or medication.
      the knee and node both needs antibiotics.infections is what you are dealing with here.probably need to seek hospital help.try another doctor for sure.never say you are in good health if all of this is wrong with you;specifically because the old saying of:the squeaky wheel gets the grease,would make those in charge enough to do something about it,wright you off before takeing you seriously.
      mostly what this sounds like to me is infection.
      probably several different spots,but infection big time.

  32. Lori

    Syndrome? Disease? Cancer? Aneurysm? Please help me help myself with my medical mystery!?
    I feel as though my “ordeal” should be featured on the television show Mystery Diagnosis (hah).

    Over two years ago I started having tolerable pain around/above my left scapula. The pain progressed to intolerable and has never went away.

    The pain is persistent and doesn’t feel better with heat, ice, tylenol, ibuprofen, massages or posture. It’s a deep, tight pain. In the last year and a half the knot of pain has spread into my left arm. My arm isn’t really in pain, but I have uncomfortable warm tingling and weakness that goes throughout my arm and into my fingers (especially the pinkie and ring finger).

    I went to an Orthopedic doctor and ended up getting four x-rays. When he viewed them he found bilateral “extra bone growth” on my cervical spine (point c7, to be exact). In medical terms that means I have congenital small ribs in my lower neck that aren’t supposed to be there. Also, he found that I have minor scoliosis of the upper back that bends to the left. For some reason he ordered for me to get a Bone Scan. It came back healthy and there was nothing “wrong.”

    Months after that I started having bluish fingernails and toe nails and stiff joints. I went to a regular doctor (who completely dismissed the pain above my left scapula and discomfort in my arm, by the way) and he ordered a complete blood panel, a test for autoimmune diseases, and a lyme disease test. He thought maybe I have lupus or something. Everything that was tested came back normal and healthy. The only thing that was a little off was that my white blood cell count was a tad higher than normal. Fierce general disappointment and anger — also from him ignoring the pain in my back and weirdness in my arm.

    Exactly the spot where I have constant pain (above/on left scapula) there is thing that moves around if you massage it (although it is not a superficial lump), which my right side does not have so I know this isn’t normal. The lump, like, snaps and clicks. And when I move my left arm in full circles that area clicks and sounds like it it grinding against something, whereas my right side is normal.

    Also, I’ve been to the ER twice from the pain and the doctors and nurses just scoff at me. One time a nurse took my blood pressure and it was 154/110. She just said, “Oh, that can’t be right,” and didn’t even bother to take it again — just walked away. That certainly shouldn’t be right, indeed! I’m a 24-year-old female of average weight and I’m a vegetarian! Anyway, they gave me an x-ray and some majorly condescending doctor just said, “Your x-ray just shows some arthritis in your shoulder. Don’t worry, you’ll live.” First of all, it’s not even my shoulder that hurts. What.

    So, what’s going on with me? Does anyone have any ideas, since the doctors I’ve been to are lazy and/or uncaring?

    Here’s the symptom list:
    *Mainly and most important*:
    .Never-ending pain above my left scapula (for 2+ years)
    .Warm tinging and weakness in my left arm and fingers

    .Bluish nails
    .Fatigue
    .Muscular aches all over
    .On-and-off joint stiffness (with minor discoloration and swelling)
    .Periods of mysterious bruising on my upper thighs
    .Left thigh pain/tightness
    .Increased intraocular pressure in left eye (rare for my age says the Eye M.D.)
    .Periods of extreme vertigo, where everything in my sight seems to tilt to one side for one second. Then I become disorientated for 10 minutes afterward. Scary when it happened while I was driving.
    .Hair began falling out much more than usual. My hair got thinner.

    Note: A lot of my “oddities” are on the left side of my body — left eye, left scapula, left arm, left thigh, minor scoliosis bending to the left. Hmm..

    All and any help appreciated! I’m desperate for opinions and/or answers! Thanks.

  33. leta

    DDT exposure in the USA?
    a family member was exposed to high volumes of DDT in the 70’s.
    he had some symptoms that came and went over the years but now they have excellerated(has all the symptoms of MS, but the test have been inconclusive to this day)..
    here are some of the symtoms: blurred vision,spots,and wavy lines in the eyes and eye pain, open sores that wont heal, debilitating headaches, legs,toes arms and hands are tingling and numb at times, cognitve thinking is impaired,has a hard time expressing what he needs, urinary pain, legs give out at times the list could go on and on..
    I was wondering how many other people have experienced these symptoms after long term exposure?
    He has been tested for Lymes,thyroid,cancer,MS,Lupus etc.

  34. BigTime

    General Medical Symptoms – Doctors no Help?
    I have a history of broad uncomfortable symptoms. Some are certainly worse than others, but all of them seem to ail me from time to time especially when experienced at the same time. I have been tested for so many different problems, to the point where I can say with confidence I do not have certain diseases. My symptoms, though, feel so serious when they happen I sometimes wonder if my life is in danger. Here are some:

    1. Shortness of breath – sometimes so severe I feel like I will pass out
    2. Chest tightness and pressure – especially in the sternum
    3. Severe fullness in gut and nausea with dizziness
    4. Increased heart rate and palpitations
    5. Weakness, especially in my hands

    Also, I suffer some less frequent symptoms that still trouble me:

    1. Sharp, ice-pick headaches
    2. Difficulty concentrating and even some short term memory loss
    3. Stomach pain, sometimes very severe

    I am a 25 year old male, in basically perfect health by what anyone can tell me (6 foot,160lbs, very low bodyfat maybe 9%, BP 110/60, GREAT cholesterol, no family history of anything I can think of). I also don’t take any prescriptions, I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs.

    I have been tested for lupus, brain aneurysm, brain tumors, lung cancer, asthma, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, hep C, you name it. I’ve had CBC’s and other blood counts all of which are normal. My SED rate is normal. Angiotensin normal… you name it.

    I’ve also had an Echo, EKG, and a stress test for my heart, AND a holter monitor.. everything normal and healthy they say. My resting heart rate is about 50bpm usually. Lately, however, it’s felt much higher.. I have no idea why. These issues have been going on and adding in number for about a year now and they’re getting worse but doctors don’t take me seriously. What should I do?

  35. britters *

    What is causing all these symptoms?
    I have been having health problems for the last few years and I’m determined to find out what is wrong! I am an 18 year old white female who lives in new york.. if any of that makes a difference.

    Some of my symptoms include: increased fatigue, I can sleep for hours and still feel tired. For the past 3 years I have gotten a rash on my neck and chest that is not inflamed but warm and comes and goes at all sorts of times and have heat sensitivity to that area and sometimes chest pain. A few months ago I had an infection in my arm pit and was told it was cellulitis and was given an antibiotic, since then I have had frequent pain in both of my arm pits and it seems to be swollen at times. For the past 2 years or so, I produce breast milk in my left breast but I have never been pregnant, sometimes it is a clear liquid that comes out and sometimes a milky liquid. About a month ago I had to go to the emergency room because both of my breasts were swollen and it was very very painful but they sent me home without telling me an explanation to what it was and it all went away a few days later. For as long as I can remember I have had joint and muscle pain all over my body, mainly the upper back and neck. In january of 2010 I went to the hospital because my back, both lower and upper, hurt so bad that I could barely move. I had high blood pressure and slight chest pain but once again they weren’t aware of the cause so I was sent home with some tylenol. I have noticed that when I get many of these symptoms I get very emotional, either very sensitive or angered easily. Recently I have been getting twitches in my hands, mainly in the thumb area. I have noticed that my concentration isn’t as good as it used to be, I am very anxious and impatient.

    Doctors have gave me some ideas of what it may be but nothing was ever diagnosed. They suggested: anxiety disorder, lupus, thyroid disease, tumor on the pituitary gland, breast cancer, skin cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, graves disease and I think thats about it.

    Someone please help before it gets worse!!!

    1. Tuning In...

      Sounds like Cryoglobulinemia.

      Symptoms vary depending on the type of cryoglobulinemia and the organs that are affected. In general, symptoms may include:

      Difficulty breathing
      Fatigue
      Glomerulonephritis
      Joint pain
      Muscle pain
      Purpura
      Raynaud’s phenomenon
      Skin death
      Skin ulceration

      And many more others as it’s is a syndrome with many possible symptoms

      The doctor will perform a physical exam. There may be signs of liver and spleen swelling. Tests for cryoglobulinemia include:

      Complete blood count (CBC)
      Complement assay — numbers will be low
      Cryoglobulin test — may show presence of cryoglobulins
      Liver function tests — may be high
      Rheumatoid factor — positive in types II and III
      Skin biopsy
      Urinalysis — may show blood in the urine if the kidneys are affected

      Other tests may include:

      Angiogram
      Chest x-ray
      ESR
      Hepatitis C test
      Nerve conduction tests, if the person has weakness in the arms or legs
      Protein electrophoresis – blood

      As there are too many complications, anxiety builds up within yourself which is why doctors may think you have anxiety disorder or as suggested by the other answer of having neuro related illness.

      This blood disorder is very difficult to be diagnosed and treated. It won’t kill you but you’ll have to take constant medication so as to contain it. Many doctors are baffled by it and seriously many don’t even know about this blood disorder.

      Please suggest to your doctors to try those tests on your blood. I have a hunch I am right.

      Take care and good luck.

  36. ira jo

    I have joint pain that come and goes for two months. What you think it is?
    It is not really painful but It feels irritated. sometimes it’s not the joint but my muscle area like the calf and the arm. GP that I went to doesn’t suspect lupus because I don’ have any other symptom.
    Two months ago I have a swollen lymph nodes on my neck and now it had subside, after doing MRI doctor cleared me of cancer and now, it is the joint and muscle pain that is bothering me.Can anyone help? should i go to tcm to find out?

  37. monroe

    I’ve heard that a persistent dry cough can sometimes be a symptom of undetected cancer. Is there a link ?
    My mother’s dear friend Anne, who felt generally ill, had a persistent, dry cough. Her “coughing fits” often resembled chocking. Having underwent many medical procedures, doctors/specialists could never pin-point the cause of her ailments, nor her cough. My mother had read that such a cough was often a sign of cancer. Three years later, Anne was diagnosed with colon cancer, and succomb to the disease 2 yrs later. Unfortunately, my mother, a non-smoker, has developed the same cough as Anne, brought on by eating, drinking, laughing, and anything in between. We even went to see a Pulmonary specialist, who was unable to offer a diagnosis. She and I have many ailments, and both suffer from Fibromyalgia and Lupus, but neither list such a cough as a possible symptom. My mother is my best friend and soul mate, and I can’t imagine living without her. At 65, she has a lot more living to do, such as walking me down the aisle and holding her grandchild. Any and all suggestions are appreciated

  38. chan

    I am worried I have melanoma under my fingernails and toenails.What can I read in the Bible that will ease me?
    since black friday of this year, I came down with unusual sickness (feeling of burning throughout body constantly), fatigue, brown streaks in all fingernails and several toenails and my WBC has dropped to 3.8. I have tested for everything from routine to fungus to parasite tests . My dr doesnt feel the need to test me for cancer or even lupus but something is wrong as I know my body. I dont know what to do. I have two small children under 3 and I am freaking out. My symptoms are strange and the only thing I find that causes these thick brown streaks under nails is melanoma.
    I know I need to lean on the lord during this time. Any help of what readings will ease me would be appreciated.
    Thanks

  39. woohoo

    What do my symptoms point to?
    I just got back from my rheumatologist. Looks like I do not have arthritis, lupus, my blood sugar is fine (no diabetes), no Lymes disease.
    Heres what I do have: Severe pain in my hands especially at night and in the morning, but also throughout the day. It is less my wrists and more my middle and pointer fingers. I have a hard time straightening my hands which my MD says is not typical of carpal tunnel.
    I have pain in my knees in middle of night and mornings.
    My hands go numb when I am driving, or having them upright.
    My shoulder was hurting/ clicking for a while, felt like a torn rotator cuff, but I stopped working out and that seems to have stopped.
    I am worried that the inflammation is cancer?

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