I have a great doctor. But, she is dumbfounded. I was bite by a dog (had all shots) in my knee October 21st. I went to the doc the same day with swelling, and pain in knee (the knee was hot). I was prescribed Augmentin and Etodolac. I was better after my 10 day course of medicine. But, about 1 and 1/2 days after meds were out of my system I started experiencing muscle jerks, fasiculations, spasms, and pain. The "fasiculations" are going on all the time (to some degree) in my body and especially in my hand (left), feet, arms, and face. I have had them in my back, stomach, and anywhere in between.
I waited a week, thinking maybe I had some kind of electrolyte imbalance. I went to my doctor November 10th and she did some blood work. Something showed up on the blood work, so the next day I had to go in for more blood work. The blood work came back positive for scleroderma (she said I need more testing to be sure). I was also given a "Heartrak" monitor to use for "palpitations" (I think it is somehow my neuromuscular system messing up causing "fake" palpitations. So now...
I am scheduled for a rheumatologist for this coming Wed. the 26th. But, my muscle "fasiculations", jerks, and spasms, are almost overwhelming. I feel like I am shaking, and I have this "occurences" all day long, especially after activity. I feel like I have played a rugby game (pain and fatigue) and my muscles are having fasiculations all over. Some feel like pulsations of electricity in my feet going non-stop for hours, or I will have hard fasting jerking the last anywhere from 15-30 seconds.
I have read the two best books out there on scleroderma this past week. I don't find anyhwere that scleroderma covers my SPECIFIC symptoms related to my neuromuscular system. They mention myositis and myopathy. My symptoms are different from these two autoimmune disorders.
I am at a loss and in a quandry. I know what I might have....but I wanted to see what an expert thought about the dog bite, then taking meds, then getting these neuromuscular symptoms 11 days later. I have been going through this rollercoaster of the UNKNOWN for about 2 and 1/2 weeks now. I try to stay cool.....but it is hard and at times scary.
I pray God gives me strength, and he is with me on this journey. Thank you so much for replying. I would be lying if I said I haven't cried alone once about this. I don't want to say anything to friends and family until I know something more definitive. I am just looking to bounce my situation off some expert, brilliant minds. I am trying to keep my head up.