- CASE FILE
30 years old with Painful and stiff joints, repeat infections, random joint and hand swelling, persistent diarrhea for days, ocular migraine
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
In March of 2018 I had a positive ANA test. I had the test run I was dealing with chronic pain and fatigue that just wouldn’t give. I continued to see a rhemetologist. After many tests RA and LUPUS were ruled out but suggested I continue being tested.
I have throughout my life had issues with my joints. My orthopedic would tell me I was flexible but not in a normal way. By 12 years old I received my first knee surgery for a knee cap that was chronically slipping out of place. All of my joints do a strange snapping that I can make them do which is basically me popping them out of joint. I have been dealing with chronic back pain since I was about 14/15 also with no prior injury. I have continued to try and workout throughout my life but am almost always met with a physical ailment. Currently my knee will flare up so badly that it is unable to bare weight if I workout too much.
The swelling or stiffness in my joints is daily. Generally when I get up after curling up on the couch my knees are incredibly stiff and I will limp.
In addition to these pains I suffer from bouts of diarrhea and bowl movements sometimes 6-8 times a day and sometimes only 2-3.
I suffer from night sweats that will cause me to wake up soaked in sweat even when it’s very cold.
Since may of 2019 I have also been treated for two separate staph infections. Both of which I am unsure of how they started. One requires a hospitalization. One on my face and one on my thigh. In addition to these I have also had two tooth infections in my gums while pregnant which required extractions.
In July of 2018 I suddenly became even sicker than I was. I was incredibly achy exhausted suffering from days of migraine and vomiting and after seeing my primary then the hospital and then the rhemetologist I was finally diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. I was treated for it with doxycycline. A few
Months later I became sick again and saw infectious disease who ran bloodwork again and was required to take more doxycycline.
After another almost year of pain my primary diagnosed me with fibromyalgia saying he wasn’t sure what was causing these issues.
I was put on an antidepressant which did resolve some of my chronic pain but not all of it and hasn’t resolved any other issues.
I also suffer from heart palpitations which have been tested and could be a mild case of svt. These began in high school when I had mono. My case of mono was also severe leading me to have hives heart palpitations andnto miss months of school.
Swelling in my hands are random but they swell quite a bit when they do.
My skin is very thick on my hands feet knees and ankles. I also don’t seem to shed skin as quickly as I should.
My symptoms usually tend to flare around the same times but sometimes they don’t.
I know this is a lot to read so I appreciate you taking the time out to read this.