Since I was a little girl my knees have always popped when I bent down. Sometimes they would hurt for a couple of days. But doctors said nothing was wrong. In 2007, I was pregnant with my daughter and my legs would hurt so bad that I couldn't get out of bed. One doctor said it was due to the weight gain from pregnancy. Other said it was an old sport injury, though I repeatly told him that I have never been injured. I was given knee braces, which help was much as a ace bandage. I have a very very low tolerance for cold because I'm anemic. In the past four years the pain, weakness, and burning sensation that was in my knees are now in my elbows, calves, hips, thighs, knuckles, wrists, toes, and shoulders. My primary says nothing is wrong and that I'm not in any pain. I found an bone specialist because I thought maybe I had arthritis ( which my mother and grandmother had). Test came back negative for arthritis but positive for tier 1 lupus. He also determined that my kneecaps were out of alignment on both legs. And supposed to refer my to a local rheumatologist. I had arthroscopic laternal knee surgery June 29. Also have constant pressure and pain in my lower back. MRI shows narrowing around spine in places and spondylothis. Saw a pain management doctor yesterday. Along with my back problems, I was told my blood pressure was up (154/108), I have bursitis, and my hips aren't up to par. Received a cortisone injection in my hip. Sever pain all yesterday in all my problematic areas and less today.
Some days are better than others. But most of the time I go weeks dealing with pain, foggy mind, and exhaustion.
I have been given tramadols, Tylenol 3, Tylenol 4, and a muscle relaxer. None of this has help stop the pain. At best, if pain is not 4 or more, it may knock the edge off. Most have groggy effect.
Most days I have to decide between slightly less pain and grogginess or pain and trying to make the best out of it.
Is the lupus?
Any advice, tips, or suggestions will be greatly appreciate.