Thank you for your response. Yes, I have all of those symptom combinations. Now I have to go through knee surgery (arthroscopic) on both knees. I went to my dentist and he wasn't very helpful. This is the second time that I've gone to him for tooth pain and he "writes it off" as to my sinuses affecting my teeth (maybe a "low grade" sinus infection). I have started considering even a second opinion there because we only have sinuses above the top teeth. What about the pain on the bottom row? It's painful to eat most of the time.View Thread
I have & unfortunately, when addressed with my primary care doctor, she wrote it off as being caused by the duty belt I wear (I work in law enforcement). I disagree, though, as I've been in this line of work for over 10 years & never had a problem until recently. The throbbing pain radiates from the middle of my back, on each side of my spine, & proceeds outward. Strangely, though, these episodes occur spontaneously and tend to last up to 60 seconds at a time. It's still an unresolved issue as it goes away only for a season.View Thread
I'm not assuming anything. I'm asking how would anyone know? If it had not been for finding out that I, evidently, experienced some organ damage (lung), after a previous flare, unbeknownst to me at the time, I wouldn't be asking the question. It was because of keeping a medical journal, new symptoms, monthly visits to my rhuemy, etc... followed by chest x-ray & cat scan that the discovery was made.View Thread
Okay, is this possibly my imagination or what? Several of my teeth are not only in pain, but pretty loose. Does this happen to anyone else? Is this possible with this condition? I practice good dental hygiene, so I know this is not the result of the lack of it. Any thoughts?View Thread
I've only been dealing with my condition for just over 2 years. I am really curious as to how you know if you experience any damage to any internal organs after a flare barring having tests run? I mean, you can experience a flare and see and feel the affects in different areas all over your body. So, when it's all said and done, how do you know that any and/or which organ experienced any damage(s)? Or, do you just assume there's damage, schedule a doctor's appointment, and ask for tests to be run? I would really appreciate any responses that may be of help.View Thread
I am with you & can empathetize. Thank God for daughters. Out of all of my family, she, at 21, understands & supports me the best, especially as far as compassion & assistance in the home as well as encouragement.View Thread
I've had problems with swallowing/choking quite often. I believe the term I was dx'd with is dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). I was told that it's likely that it is the result of polymyositis (muscle weakness) as I have MCTD (Mixed Connective Tissue Disease). I ended up seeing a Speech Therapist and she took me through a series of exercises that I could do to strengthen muscles used to swallow as well as pointers to help when swallowing such as drinking a little in between eating & eating different foods (textures) through out the meal instead of, say, eating all of your meat, then veggies, etc...
Please get checked out with regards to your falling issues. Take care of yourself.View Thread
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