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Just tired
Mar 17, 2006
I am a 52 year old male with a lot of problems. I had my right knee replaced (after several attempts to repair by scoping it), when I was 47, and then the left knee at 49. I have problems in my neck and shoulders, making it extremely painful to lift my hands above my head. I have “tendentious” in both elbows that no one has been able to “cure” (surgery to relocate the tendon attachment points and to relocate the ulnar nerves), I have had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, but still have all of the problems I had before surgery (pain, numbness, and swelling). My lower back will let me know if I bend it too much, or the wrong way. My hips hurt if I walk any distance at all, and both the back and the hips hurt if I stand too long. My ankles are no different, the also hurt if used. I suffer from fatigue and sometimes run a low grade (>101 degrees) fever with no apparent reason (I hurt more when this happens). I also have times when my body temp will not get to normal, it hovers around 97 degrees, and when this happens, I can sleep around the clock, sometimes up to 36 hrs.

I can not find a doctor that will make a diagnosis; they all seem to be real excited and sure about what they will find, until the blood work comes back without the results they expect. Then, they push me away with the attitude of “You just have arthritis, and you will have to learn to live with it”. Each doctor thinks the one before doesn’t know what they were doing, until they get the results of the tests back. Living with it has cost me my job, and I am unable to work because of the pain and such. The rheumatologist I am currently using has seemed to go further than anyone so far, and we are waiting on test results. He also suspects Sjogren's Syndrome, and I am to have a “lip biopsy” in a few days to confirm it. I have monitored this and other forums for a while, and I have realized that the blood work is not that tell all, it sometimes takes repeating the test many times before they find what ever it is they are looking for. Why do the doctors I have seen quit after one test, and then send me on my way. For my family sake, I fight depression, but sometimes I just want to give it up. The meds (Ultram, Darvocet, and Neurontin) I take do a fair job of controlling the pain, but I have slowly had to increase the dosage (with doctor approval) over the years, and how long until they won’t work. All I want is an answer to what is wrong with me, is that too much to ask?

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