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What can cause lower back pain, an ache in the sternum,

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what can cause lower back pain, an ache in the sternum, fatigue and light headedness, espically when I'm laying down? Have bee to Dr.s and been told that they can't find anything wrong, but havhe ahd this for over a year. also have flexuating high blood pressure. (My average over the last few months is 145/92)
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Have you had any tests?


yes. they have done complete blood tests because I am a cancer survivor. the only thing that came back positive was for RA, but I do not have any joint pain and the rehumatologist told me there was nothing he could do for me unless my joints hurt. i have been on thyroid (Lyvoxyl) for years and they upped my dose there but nothing is working. and unless something else happens everyone seems to be stumped!

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Have they done an ESR or CRP?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I don't think so because those don't sound familiar. they were looking for my cancer back or something auto-immune related.

Do you have a list of the blood tests you have had?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I don't but I do know I have had the standard Cancer screening blood tests, ANA, RA and any test to do with auto immune. I have the cancer screening tests, for the blood counts, potassium, thyroid at least once a year since 2007 and they have repeated those twice since last May along with the others for auto immune. My blood pressure flexuates from 190/160 (this was at its highest last May) to the average of about 145/92. The only medicine I am on is for my thyroid. But the fatigue is what is getting to me the most. I nap about 3 or 4 times a day on the weekends and when I can during the work week. My eyes are tired all the time and my eye Dr. says my perscription is fine.

Do you have night sweats? Any weight loss?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No...I've weighed the same for the last 6 years (between 142 and 147). my lightheadedness comes when I lay down or rollover. very seldom when I am moving or upright. I never sweat when I am hot..only when i am really cold. Bet your sorry you ever attempted to answer this. As i said, right now I have my family Dr., my oncologist and the rehumatologist stumped!

have you had any CT scans or MRI's?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Had am MRI on my brain in May when my blood pressure spiked. It was clean. No CT since 2007.

Okay, this may be due to an inflammatory condition, so my initial recommendation would be to have simple blood tests, a CRP and ESR, which will detect if there is excess inflammation within your body, if they are high, I would recommend an MRI of your spine