- CASE FILE
Progressive bilateral chronic musculoskeletal injuries from unknown causes. Tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, etc. upon waking.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I am moderately active (light work outs in the gym and pool, run errands during the day), 36 years old and 127 lbs. All blood tests I've undergone show healthy ranges, all X rays are unremarkable, and MRIs on both knees were unremarkable. I eat very healthy during the week (no processed food, soda, minimal dairy and hardly any gluten) but my husband and I do go out to eat on weekends because, you know, living. All of the below injuries have presented upon waking, without any rational causes, and have not been resolved with any of the treatments listed below (but I am providing a speculative cause for each in parenthesis based on what I did the day before). I have been tested twice for autoimmune disorders and tested negative.
I am looking for help because I know that if I can't find the root cause, my body (and life) will continue to deteriorate. How will I feel when I'm 40, 50, or 70? Will I be able to live like this? I can't work. I can't stand, sit, or lie down comfortably. Sleeping is especially frustrating because I can't lie on my back (coccyx/piriformis pain), my side (elbow and bicep tendinitis, hip bursitis) or stomach (patellar tendinitis and plantar fasciitis) so I have to use 6 pillows to prop myself into a comfortable position. My husband didn't sign up for this and gets frustrated anytime I try to talk to him about what I'm feeling. I just want to feel normal, and not live in fear of doing things because I don't know what will be injured next. It's hard to feel youthful and sexy in compression socks, birkenstocks, and a bathrobe, sitting on a donut pillow (although I try to rock it). Sometimes I think someone must have made a voodoo doll of me. I am willing to try anything at this point.
7/2013 - L hip bursitis (walking on treadmill)
2/2017 - R hip bursitis (walking in high heels)
1/2018 - bilateral pes anserine bursitis, hamstring bursitis, and patellar tendinitis (resistance band exercises under the supervision of a personal trainer)
4/2018 - coccydynia (sat on a wood floor for 40 mins)
7/2018 - piriformis syndrome (overcompensation for coccydynia?)
9/2018 - bilateral medial epicondylitis / golfers elbow (used a muscle roller stick)
1/2019 - bilateral bicep tendinitis (PT stretches for golfer's elbow, yoga)
7/2019 - bilateral plantar fasciitis (danced barefoot)
Treatments attempted: Cortisone shots, medication (naxopren, mobic, diclofenac oral, diclofenac gel (the only thing that helped the pain), meloxicam, nabumetome, duloxetine) physical therapy, a personal trainer, dry needling, deep tissue massage, craniosacral therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, superficial dry needling (provides best pain relief of all of these), MRT LEAP elimination diet, eccentric muscle training, yoga, pilates reformer, neuroplasticity exercises ("Unlearn Your Pain" by Dr. John Sarno), hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, dao needling, naturopath medicine, intermittent fasting, and dietary supplements (B12, B6, magnesium, D3, Omega 3s, turmeric, probiotics, daily multivitamin, serrapeptase, MSM).
Additional issues that may or may not be related: interstitial cystitis (since 2006), uterine polyps, frequent constipation, migraines, rosacea, fibrocystic mastosis (since 2008)