I woke up feeling pretty good compared to the past week. By the time I walked to the kitchen I was hurting in my Lumbosacral areas, both sides. Within the first hour of being up, sciatic pain was shooting down my left leg. By lunch it was going down both legs. I bent over to place laundry in the dryer and I felt & heard a horribly painful pop in the left Iliad crest area.. Brought tears to my eyes. As I straightened up I realized the sciatica was weakening even as I walked. Good!
Midday I began having tingling, stinging & semi-numb sensations in both hands and feet. The later it got, the worse the symptoms. Right hand was is worse than the left, and the opposite for my feet, left worse than right. I can't say it's all painful, just a smidgen of pain and a lot of nuisance. Possible Sjogrens symptoms?
Just relaxed in my chair and I notice my big toe on the left foot is throbbing. That's unusual so I decided to change from my sneakers to slippers, give my toes room to spread. The big toe cuticle in one corner of the nail bed is angry red. I had just filed my nails shorter the night before. I touched it and it hurt so bad I flinched. Thinking it's an ingrown toenail I soaked it in Epsom salts twice. Between soakings I actually pressed blood or bloody pus out. Infection? When I got through soaking I stepped into the shower to wash the salt off and then put moisturizer on both feet, but not that toe. My rheumy doc told me it's important not to get damaged dry skin, kind of like diabetic care of skin. I'm sitting on the bed and notice a small red streak just behind the big toe going up my foot. I guess if it's there in the morning I'll be going to the urgent care, just to make sure it's not a staph infection.
I am exhausted. Everything I've done today has drained what little energy I built up in between activities away just as quick. Yesterday I had to use my emergency inhaler because my spirometer was low. Asthma flare maybe. But I'm covered in bruises all over where my 14 lb pup sails into my lap at full speed, and everywhere his feet hit leaves bruises behind. I know I'm anemic because the doctors office called after the last labs and told me so, and said take OTC iron. I'm thinking the way I'm bruising so easily and badly, maybe it's not just simple anemia, in light of the easily fatigued and sheer exhaustion.
Opinions? Advice much appreciated. I have five doc appts between Tuesday and Thursday, one being the endocrine doc who identified the anemia.
Wishing everyone a safe holiday weekend (USA memorial day), and a restful night's sleep to all! 🙏🌼