I've posted a few times about some strange, troubling symptoms I've been having. First I was afraid of MS, and still am a little, but now I'm more afraid it might be Lupus. My symptoms have been going on for FOUR MONTHS now!!! It started in my right arm, I had pain and super tight muscles from my shoulder blade, down my tricep, and into my forearm. My GP sent me for PT and that seemed to help, but I still have had some residual pain in my forearm with use, and my hand also cramps when I do fine motor tasks like writing, cooking, etc.
Also, off and on since this started I've had some muscle stiffness and discomfort (not really pain) in my right thigh. First in the back of my thigh and now mostly in the front. It comes and goes and seems to get worse when I do a lot of sitting but sometimes I can't pinpoint anything that caused it and it happens anyway
Well now, I'm having joint/muscle pain in my LEFT hand, wrist, and forearm but it's different pain than my right arm. It feels more like sharp pinched-nerve type pain or joint pain in both my wrist and elbow, but also some muscle pain in my forearm, and my hand hurts when I do something as simple as button my pants.
To top it off, one night I was leaning on my left leg for a few minutes in the shower (not sure why) and my left ankle (err kinda between my ankle and heel) started to ache and it lasted 3 days and finally is a little better, but it still hurts when I walk too much.
I've also had Reynaud's in the past, and when I'm cold my fingertips and toes will actually turn white and then purple when I start warming back up. That's been going on a for a couple years and I thought it was a hormonal thing since I've had some hormone issues for a while, but now I'm starting to think it was just the start of Lupus and connected to what I'm dealing with now.
The only thing that's different for me as opposed to things I've read (yes, I've Googled - guilty) is that my pain is best in the morning and tends to worsen throughout the day. But I feel like I'm the only person on this site who's having issues like this and that's making me feel so much worse about all this.
I'm TERRIFIED of going back to my doctor for fear of what she's going to say now that things are worse and more widespread, but I am planning to go next week (the soonest I can get in). I'm SOOO worried it's something serious or life-threatening like Lupus, MS, or worse. Again, this all has been going on for 4 MONTHS, and there hasn't been a day since this started that I haven't had pain somewhere. I just want this to be over, I can't deal with this debilitating anxiety anymore
I have a 10 month old baby who is my life, and every day I cry about the thought of leaving him without a Mommy. This all started a couple months after I had to wean him suddenly and I think my hormones caused my anxiety to skyrocket, but I KNOW
this isn't caused by anxiety because the symptoms have lasted so long and are moving around (really, seriously this is something more than anxiety).
PLEASE if anyone has any knowledge of or experience with Lupus, PLEASE PLEASE tell me honestly if this sounds like a possibility, or talk me down if it doesn't. Just be honest, I need to know what I'm in for, since I have to wait a week to even see my doctor, and then longer for the tests she'll likely order