- CASE FILE
For about 3+ years I have struggled with an array of symptoms including widespread pain, brain fog, hives, & bleeding gums (to name a few).
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
For about 3+ years I have been dealing with widespread joint & muscle pain, that on some days can be so extreme it hurts to stand, sit, or lay down. I experience numbness and tingling in my extremities, specifically feet & hands, as well as spasms in arms and legs, which can occasionally lead me to drop something I am holding. I have odd reactions to bug bites (large lump, almost bruises), bruise easily, and cuts/bruises take a long time to heal. Occasional mouth pain + bleeding from brushing teeth, even with a very soft bristled toothbrush. I sometimes get so itchy I feel like I want to scratch off my skin, and have also broken out in hives for no reason at all. Some days it is extremely hard to focus or remember tasks or conversations from just a few hours ago. Appetite comes and goes - I either feel like I can't get enough, or the smell/thought of food makes me sit, but I never feel like I can get enough water to quench my thirst. More recently, I get chest pressure or heart palpitations at random times throughout the day, even when I am just sitting down.
Have seen primary + rheumatologist.
Negative for lyme, lupus, and celiac. Vitamin D, iron, CK, CBC, TSH & RH factor tests all normal.
Elimination of gluten, reduction in sugar consumption, and a switch to all natural cleaning products aided in symptom reduction at first (about 2 yrs ago), but now the symptoms are occurring more often, and are more severe.