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I suffer from inflammed joints - knees + elbows, but it occurs as 'flare ups' as opposed to me having localised swelling and pain all the time (I was told that I have Hypemobility Syndrome by a podiatrist). I do have a dull pain and general aches constantly though. Specifically, lower back pain that can become extremely painful even if I simply stand for a few minutes to clean my teeth, or shower, etc. I use an Ibuprofen gel from my GP for this, which works great, but I have to take cocodamol and ibuprofen too. The thing is, I have an array of other symptoms, and believe these symptoms, including the inflammed and swollen joints, are manifestations of an underlying illness/ bacterial infection/ virus. I have had had a few blood tests for particular things to rule them out, but I can't seem to pinpoint what is causing my illness. I would love a diagnosis because I feel like I am in limbo.
The other symptoms I mentioned are
- recurrent nasal swelling/scabs/bleeding/soreness, which seems to subside now and then, but never totally goes away. It doesn't respond to antihistamines. It occurs alongside a swollen throat that starts as a scratchy feeling in my throat and gets worse rapidly to the point where it is hard to swallow. I also get feverish and achy. I don't think it is viral because I don't come in to contact with people very often and when I have, they have never caught anything from me. I suffered with tonsillitis constantly as a child and am now allergic to penicillin, so I think it might be strep. I am having a throat swab taken tomorrow.
I have started having lower abdominal/pelvic pain too and have been referred for a pelvic ultrasound. The appointment is taking forever to come, as is a referral to a rheumatologist ('short waiting list' since November 2014?! Ridiculous.). I think that Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is a possibility due to other symptoms in the vaginal area. I had a cervical screening test the other day and it was painful and I bled afterwards, which normally doesn't happen after my smear tests. There is an itchy/inflammed feeling down there, but I don't have any STI/STDs whatsoever and it isn't thrush either, so I am at a loss. I am having a urine sample tested this week.
By the way, I have an unusual bruise-like blotch under my right knee that just developed about 18 months ago. It wasn't caused by a knock or anything of that sort and the pain alongside it feels deeper than just a superficial bruise, say. It aches and twinges and gets worse when my knee swells up.
I am virtually bedridden now because any physical exertion causes my body to just attack me. By 'exertion', I mean practically everything that requires movement - I can't even hoover anymore.
I realise that I have to wait for the results of my tests, but does anyone have any ideas as to what could be wrong with me? I think these symptoms are all linked by an underlying infection, but obviously could be wrong. Oh, yes, and to top it off, I have a bumpy, spotty rash on my chest, upper abdomin and neck. They are tiny red spots that contain fluid or what looks like little blackheads. I am very hygienic though and this rash started out of the blue about two months ago. It won't go away, but has decreased slightly with my other symptoms lessening, but like I said, it's all recurrent and I can never tell when it will suddenly get worse.
Excuse the length of this! I hope you can shed some light on this for me.
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