I am a 47 year old male. For 8 years I have been getting a number of symptoms that have grown both in number and severity. I get an extremely sharp pain shooting down my left arm from the armpit to the end of my thumb and forefinger which could last up to about 10 secs (I call it the stinger) I still get this but less frequently. To this day, I have an increasing number of all sorts of shooting, stabbing, gnawing & aching pains all over my body along with stiff painful joints. My knuckles tend to swell, &just lately my feet have been painful nearly all the time. I've been diagnosed with BFS by a neuro. My pains ‘appear’ to be joint related & I have been investigated for RA & psoriatic arthritis but on x-rays there is no evidence of arthritis. I have had an MRI scan of my spine from top to bottom with no visible evidence of excessive wear & tear except for a couple of ‘dry’ discs lower down. I started taking ibuprofen & ended up with an ulcer so my doctor put me on Co-Codamol 30/500 which I now take 4 times a day. In addition, I am also taking amitriptyline 100mg at night to help sleep etc. I had a breakdown 2 years ago trying to cope with all this, (along with a stressful job) & was prescribed Duloxetine 500mg for depression. This seemed to have a good effect on my pains as a bonus. After about 6 to 8 months I decided to stop taking the Duloxetine as I felt happier but as I was weaning myself off, the pains returned with a vengeance. To this day, my doctor has no idea what might be causing all this so I just blunder on from day to day taking the tablets. The pains are getting worse again, more of the stabbing shooting types & my whole body feels like it has this background pain that is sometimes just exhausting. I also get a feeling of warm water running down my legs sometimes. So, if you haven't fallen asleep whilst reading this & have any advice, I'd be very grateful. Any helpful comments would be greatly appreciated. Gary.
Hi Timothy- my GP has done an extensive list of blood tests with nothing abnormal coming back. I am a sign maker(6yrs), commercial glazer(3yrs), print operative(7yrs) builder(12yrs). I live in Marlborough, Wiltshire. My dad has a lot of problems with his blood, he has had 2 embolisms and 2 strokes, now managed by a new drug, not warfarin anymore. He also takes duloxetine for burning pains in his feet. My mum, until recently, has been very healthy. She has had a sudden onset of very bad pains in her arms, shoulders and hips/thighs. Her GP thought it was polymyalgia but it isn't. She awaits an appointment with a rheumatologist in 2 weeks time. She is managing her pain at the moment with co-codamol and amitriptyline. I hope that's enough for you? kind regards, Gary
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