’m so disappointed right now because I’m having to retype this post again. I lost it somehow while typing. Not that I need anything else to upset me or stress me so I’ll just smile breath in and out and start again, because I am desperate for help, direction and insight on what I should do to get to a new normal in my life. I apologize firsthand for a long post, but I want to include everything. In Nov. 2014 my life started changing. I started having heart palpitations, fatigue and shortness of breath. Dec. 24, 2014 (yes Christmas Eve) I went to the emergency room because my ankle became swollen all of a sudden and I could not place pressure on it. I was giving a prescription and sent home. In my mind I was thinking this was related to arthritis. In 1997 I inured this foot really bad. It was a bad sprain. I never had any more problems with it until 2008. I went to my MD and told him how I was having problems with my leg and it would have a burning sensation and it wasn’t painful but it was like I could feel something moving in my leg. (Maybe nerves or something). He did some blood work and told me that I had high levels of uric acid and there’s a possibility I could have gout. So I did my research and saw that gout could come from an injury or consuming a lot of foods high in purines. Well I’ve always been conscious of the foods I eat and I was an active healthy woman so I said maybe this foot has set up arthritis from my injury. I went on into Jan. 2015 with heart palpitations, fatigue and developing muscle aches, spasms in my calves, continuous swelling of my right lymph node in my neck. Blurry vision where I even went to the eye doctor and my vision checked out fine. Dry eyes, dry mouth, constant coughing at night when I get into bed. My eyes felt heavy for weeks. So I finally made an appointment to see my MD in Feb. I had soooo much blood work done. Arthritis Panel, RA Factor, Uric Acid, Sed Rate ( My Sed Rate number was 40 – Above High Normal) HIV, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Mono Screen and all except Sed Rate checked out fine. I also had a cyst like bump on my breast and my MD told me I had a Staph infection and he prescribed cream and antibiotics, blood pressure medicine, pain medicine and a muscle relaxer to help with my other symptoms. I applied the cream and took all medicines according to my MD orders and I still wasn’t getting better. The area on my breast did close, but there was still pus inside It because I could squeeze it and some would come out. I didn’t feel like my MD had a clue of what was going on, plus he thought I was stressing or crazy, because he took all the blood work and nothing was showing abnormal but I knew my body and I knew something was wrong. So I thought it was arthritis related and I went to a Rheumatologist. I explained my foot issue and he clearly said it wasn’t gout. I explained the aches and fatigue and other issues I was having. He took blood work for Epstein Barr Virus, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis A and Hep B, all were non react. Until this day I am clueless about why he chose those tests but Im grateful because it put me on the road to answers. I got a call in April about the results. I was positive for the Epstein Barr Virus and the nurse told me she was faxing my results to my MD. I went back to my MD and this time I chose to see a lady MD in the office after reading about the Epstein Barr virus. She was clueless also and told me it wasn’t much to do that the virus would have to run its course. I left there hopeless and by now the whole situation was becoming too much and I couldn’t work anymore so I went out on FMLA Leave at work. My body was fatigue, I wasn’t well and Im a single parent of one. I’m currently still out on leave and I go back in July but the road to getting better is so far off to me even though I have been trying and fighting every day to get better.