I have been screened for RA and been told I don't have it yet by one Rheumatologist and then told I do have it by another. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I have chronic Lyme disease. Chronic fatigue syndrome. I am overweight. I did get into a car accident in 1998 where I was rear ended. The car that hit me was doing about 35-40 mph and I was stopped at a red light. The knee pain has been off and on since I was a teenager though. I would just be walking and bam, on the ground because my knee just gave out. The past 3-4 years though my joint and back, hip, neck pain has increased at a very rapid pace.I was perfectly healthy 4 1/2 years ago other than the knee pain on occasion and daily migraines. I became pregnant. at 6 months I developed preclampsia. I was in and out of the hospital because my BP would sky rocket and protein in the urine, etc. At one point I was so low on potassium they put me in the hospital and gave me potassium via IV (let me say, that was severe pain!). I went home that night, woke up around 4 am, couldn't say two words without gasping for air. I went to the ER and I had pulmonary edema. I was drowning in my own fluids. They immediately put me on Lasix. I peed 11/2 liters of fluid in 45 minutes. They then induced me. Told me I would die if they did a c-section because I was already dying from the edema. It had flooded my entire body. I gained 17 pounds overnight. I was induced for 4 days, finally had the baby and I hemorrhaged almost died again. Very, very bad experience. Baby was fine but 2 months premature. I had some BP issues for a few months afterward but then something happened to my body. I started getting fatigue, severe fatigue. I would sleep for 18 hours straight. I had no energy. My entire body hurt like I was being stabbed with knives. My joints hurt, my hair hurt. EVERYTHING hurt. Many, many, many test and doctors later they decided I had RA and Fibro. Then about 2 years ago I bit by a tick and tested postive for Lyme disease. They didn't treat it properly and it became chronic. Now I am on a 400mg Doxyxycline dose daily for going on a year. And the joint, back, neck pain is extreme. I cannot even sweep my floor without being in agony. When I walk I hobble like a penguin because my low back, hips and knees hurt so much...I was perfectly healthy prior to the birth of my daughter. Now I have all this going on. I feel as though my body is rapidly aging. Oh... I also have severe adrenal fatigue I think is what it's called, I'm going into menopause at 39, my thyroid just went out of whack too. I have too much reverse T3 so they are pumping me with T3 to try to make the receptors fill with that instead of the reverse T3.Something happened to me with that traumatic pregnancy. Something has turned my body against itself or something. I don't know what's happening to me.. I don't know what to do. I also have an MRI of my Lumbar spine next week and xrays of my hips.
Oh, I also never played any sports. I only did cheer leading at Elementary school for 2 years so no real jumping around and gymnastic type stuff the older schools do.
My PCP saw it and referred me to an Orthopedic Surgeon. I just don't understand what it all means. Will I always hurt. Is it fixable? If so, is it surgery?
I understood that RA was double sided meaning it has to be bilateral.. While the other knee does have some pain, it's nothing like my right. Could it still be RA then?
I contacted my PCP and requested the left knee to get an MRI as well. He has ordered it and I will get that done next week I imagine.
Can I keep you updated on this thread?
Oh and thank you so very much for your help. I really appreciate it sir.
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Also do I keep replying here to keep you updated?