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4 months ago I awoke to painful shoulders during 5 days in bed with Flu, the pain increased quite rapidly, I went to see my GP between Christmas and new year, who said I had frozen shoulder...beginning of January I had steroid injections....at that point the pain accelerated......stabbing, burning, weakness in arms and hands, both shoulders throbbing, occasional aching and stabbing in elbows and knees, also the toes on both feet, just the ones next to my little toe get inflamed, red and painful....had red marks appear over shoulder joints also and now my neck is effected....oh, also during this time a lump appeared in my armpit (seeing GP about that next week). 2 weeks ago I went for X-rays, joints are fine, so ruled out frozen shoulder, but had blood taken so now being tested for Rhumatoid Arthritis, no results back as yet (been told it may be Reactive A as had that 19 years ago, again, after a bout of flu, but nowhere as bad as this) what's getting me now is not just the pain, but chronic fatigue...after I have mustered up the energy to do what I need in the mornings, by midday I am literally crying out for my bed, and days im not working, I'm sleeping. If I need to go out anywhere I literally have to psyche myself up to get motivated and it's horrible, just horrible, I'm pale in the face, dark circles around my eyes, I look awful ......haven't had any medication offered as yet as I'm intolerant to NSAIDS, so battled through this for 4 months now, but tbh, I can't go on much longer....the doctor I saw at the hospital said he'd refer me to a Rhumatologist, but warned that he may choose not to see me!!! Basically, is the chronic fatigue a symptom of Rhumatoid Arthritis, and how the heck do you start feeling normal again? Xx
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