Hi An, Dawn here. I wanted to let you know you are not alone. I also developed thyroid nodules, one now large enough to interfer with movement when I turn my head. Mine also does not affect my bloodwork, but I have recently developed discomfort in one lung. Reading on this, I learned that thyroid nodules are sometimes accompanied by lung lesions. The doctors say they are unrelated.
I also kept after them about the heart issues, and they finally diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation and Tachycardia. This determination took them about 2 years.
I sometimes despaired they would get to bottom of this before it was too late. I became very close with the Patient Rep. at the hospital I use--they were very helpful.
Hang in there! These folks here at WebMD really care and there's a lot of experience that you can fall back on. Take care!View Thread
Hi all and hope you are all improving. I just wanted to talk about my best friends a little bit. I've known them for a couple of years now so we know each other pretty well.
We're familiar with each others' weak points and strong suits, but love each other nonetheless. Yes, I'm talking about my two dachshunds. I don't know what I'd do without them-they greet me at the door every night when I get home from work and immediately set out to cheer me up. Joey sits in my lap andtalks to me while Honey grins and wags her tail so hard she almost rolls off the couch.
They always know which part of me is hurting the most that day and will sniff and lick the offending limb (I swear I am not making this up-they always know where the pain is!) On good days, we just putter around out in the yard or cook and freeze meals (well, I cook and they wait for me to drop some food!)
I know I'm being maudling, but they make my life better every day and I just felt like expressing it. Thanks everyone for listening!View Thread
My bouts of optic neuritis were all in the right eye up until this last week-first time I've had it in both eyes. This sucks-the pain itself is not that intense, but they both feel like they're too large for the eye socket and I have discomfort when moving the eyes back and forth.
Thank you all for responding to mmthlvr-you've helped many of us also!
Ireneliz, please know we all know where you're coming from-this can be so frustrating! Have you called your doctor-I'm not any kind of specialist but trouble swallowing and forgetting how to spell-I would call and let him or her know-they may want to see you right away if these are new symptoms.
As for the other-I know just what you mean there too. Sometimes I think if I have to live like this the rest of my life I'd just rather not. But in between spells, I know this is the pain and exhaustion and depression talking, not the real me. I try really hard when I'm having a real bad week to just think about 10 minutes from now-I refuse to even think about later today.
Don't be embarrassed to talk to your PC about this also. He or she can refer you for counseling and possibly medication. I'm don't mean to sound preachy-I just really feel your pain and wish I could help. Hang in there! And we're here for you!View Thread
After a particularly bad spell, my family doc put me on prednisone and wants me to try Cymbalta. My VA doctors still haven't given me a definate diagnosis so I'm falling back on him in the interim. What do you all think of Cymbalta? I haven't been on it long enough yet to notice a difference, but at this point I'm willing to try anything. I respect you'alls opinions.View Thread
I have those also-I thought it was an old injury coming back to haunt me, but then I started getting them in the backs of my knees and Achilles tendons also. This is really aggravating since I depend on a cane to walk-if I can't put weight on my wrists and hands I'm in trouble.
Hackwriter, you've helped me a lot in the past. Is there anything you can do about this particular symptom? Thanks!View Thread
Hi and hope everyone is doing well (as can be expected) I haven't posted recently-have missed a lot of work recently and we don't have internet at the house yet.
Have been so bad lately the doctor is finally realising maybe this isn't all in my head. I've lost almost 50 lbs. (don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for every pound of that and could lose 20 more safely) Perversely, I'm grateful for this because now she understands there's really something going on.
Enough griping! Fall is progressing nicely here-we have more bright colors than we thought qe would have due to the extreme drouwt. Our new house in town has thousounds of squirrels, who keep me entertained via the dachshunds! We now live a little too close to the sheriff's dept (sirens very loud and frequent) but on the other hand, we're close to help. We have wonderful neighbors who are grateful to have the house occupied again. We also live only 6 blocks from a national recreational area, so we see lots of deer and other wildlife.
I hope everyone had an excellent Thanksgiving. Try not to stress out over the holidays-stress really makes me worse so I try to laugh every day (not hard with all the dogs, squirrels, deer, etc.)
Hi to all-it's been awhile since I've posted so I hope you're all doing okay. I have an appt. with my primary on Wednesday and really need some emotional support.
This is the new primary who has already diagnosed PTSD and anxiety and attributes most of my symptoms to this. From the things I've read on WebMD and friends who have medical training, it seems like I have the signs of liver failure. I know most of these symptoms can also be caused by other things, but due to the combination of drugs I've been on for about 5 years to control pain, muscle spasms and neuropathic pain, I'm really afraid.
I am going to see if my mom will go with me. I've not told her about a lot of the health problems I have because she is trying to take care of my dad who has Alzheimers and Parkinsons. One brother is mentally ill so we have to take care of his finances. So I hesitate to drag her down even more with my health issues, but I'm so mentally out of it now I need help to see to it that my doctor takes some action pretty quick.
I am in so much pain lately, inside and out, that I'm having trouble staying motivated to go on. I know I can't be the only one who has felt this way so I'm reaching out to you all. It's so easy to slide back down into depression but you all bouy me up when I read your stories.