- CASE FILE
Severe Chronic pain since birth, with several other co-existing physical, mental, and emotional issues - greatly diminishing quality of life
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I have lived with constant, chronic pain ever since I can remember. Every inch of my body hurts, aches, cramps, has a general feeling of discomfort, etc. Other issues have been considered to be co-occurring, but I wonder if it is all connected to the same root cause. The other problems include frequent migraines; allergies and sinus issues; restrictive lung capacity; floating ribs; sciatica; weak ligaments (resulting in frequent sprains and strains, including my ankle having the main ligaments "obliterated" with swelling and pain that has remained even a year and a half after the initial ankle injury); the chronic, all-over pain; muscle cramping; overactive nerves; depression; anxiety; OCD; moodiness; exhaustion; hypothyroidism; severe adrenal fatigue; severe amino deficiency; heartburn/acid reflux/gallbladder issues ("attacks"); profoundly high CRP levels, due to increased inflammation; leaky gut; loss/lack of C-curve in neck; sinus problems; chills and sweats, especially when inappropriate to the temperature/season (I will be FREEZING in my house, when my family thinks it is warm, in the middle of summer in AZ when it is over 100 degrees outside); irritability; severe nickel allergy; and twitching/tics throughout body. The best way I can explain my pain and discomfort is that it feels like my muscles, etc., are trying to break out of my skin - often, I say how it feels like my legs are trying to run away without me, etc. Within the last year, I have also been suffering greatly from severe itching all over my body - random spots will itch intensely, causing me to scratch them to the point of tearing my skin open and I now have scars all over (mostly my arms, hands, legs, and feet) from the scratching and subsequent scabbing/scarring, which takes a long time to heal. Over the years, I have been to countless doctors - specialists as well as primary care - and nobody has been able to find any answers. Growing up, I was mostly told that I either had nothing wrong or that I had multiple different things that are happening at the same time but are unrelated. I have been prescribed various medications, but have only ever been treating the symptoms - without actually helping. At best, the prescriptions and over-the-counter meds might take the edge off, but nothing takes the problems away completely. I have been told that I have fibromyalgia, but that doesn't account for all issues. Within the last few years, a neurologist told me I have Tourette's, which is the cause for my twitching and tics as well as my muscle cramps and pain - but I am not confident in that diagnosis, as the anti-psych meds do not help and I also have the many other issues that are not addressed. Recently, I have been seeing a naturopathic doctor, which helped me understand how my internal system is working (or not working) - I struggle with producing, maintaining, and regulating things that are vital, such as the issues with my adrenals, aminos, and other hormones. In addition to the physical problems, I suffer from mental and emotional disorders - which I think are either additional symptoms to an illness or are the result of the stress, etc., that comes from the physical conditions. My PCP has noted my stress levels are outrageously high, contributing to my anxiety, OCD, moodiness, and depression (my doctor considers me anhedonic). Furthermore, I am tired constantly - complete exhaustion, lack of motivation (which likely ties into the depression), etc. Sometimes (such as weekends), will just sleep all day and then still be exhausted and able to sleep all night. These issues, which have expanded and increased over time, have greatly reduced my quality of life - I have had to miss work and school due to pain or exhaustion. Often, I am too tired or in so much pain that I cannot bring myself to do things around the house or even go out for social activities. I would love to know what is wrong - if it really is multiple issues, how can I fix those systems and get back in working order? If it is one underlying/root problem, what can we do about that? Just having a name to something and knowing I'm not crazy - knowing that someone believes me when I say how bad I hurt ALL THE TIME; and possibly being able to do something about it - that would all be amazing.