To think that I'm not just getting old?

(94 Posts)
BrittaPerry Wed 03-Oct-12 11:49:15

My hips and pelvis ache, with the odd stabbing pain when I accidentally do a movement that I shouldn't - i spend a week limping every month. My finger joints get so stiff when cold that I keep dropping things/not being able to pick things up properly. I am so tired sometimes that I stagger.

I have booked a gp appointment, but DH keeps saying that everyone over 25 feels like this, and I should just get used to it. He reckons that i should just power through, and laughs when I take painkillers.

I'm only 27! Surely I don't have a life of this waiting?

WorraLiberty Wed 03-Oct-12 11:50:19

Are you getting enough exercise?

deste Wed 03-Oct-12 11:50:33

No that's not the case. At 27 you are still very young.

WinkyWinkola Wed 03-Oct-12 11:50:47

Nope. It's not old age. Obviously people are different but I'd be having a thorough check up if I were you.

BertieBotts Wed 03-Oct-12 11:51:00

Um no that doesn't sound normal at all! Is he one of those blokes who won't seek medical attention unless limbs are literally hanging off? grin

Hope you find out what's causing it though, that sounds nasty sad

Sorry. Doesn't sound normal "getting old" to me.

BrittaPerry Wed 03-Oct-12 11:56:31

Worra - I was - I do the school run uphill with a bike trailer containing a nearly three year old and a five and a half year old, for just over a mike each way, and my job involves walking or cycling, often carrying 10kg (i had to weigh it for postage) for about 3-5 miles a week. Plus wii fit about three times a week.

I've had to stop that, and start using the bus and leaning on the pram, because I am too tired and achy.

My other job is selling beer to football fans, so my fingers get covered in cold beer while I stand in a old stadium.

I should mention, the pelvis thing s most probably the spd back from the three year old.

I'm not pregnant - my last period was like a horror film.

AdoraBell Wed 03-Oct-12 11:58:13

I'm 44 and I don't get the kind of joint problems you describe.

Erm, where did your DH study medicine?

catstail Wed 03-Oct-12 11:59:25

if you had said you were 40+ I would have said yes, its your age. I know plenty of 40+ who eel like you and plenty who dont

DameFanny Wed 03-Oct-12 12:00:59

Could be an under active thyroid. Have your periods been getting heavier?

BrittaPerry Wed 03-Oct-12 12:01:51

Dh is 37, can I just accuse HIM of being old? grin

That would make me feel better...

Your DH either has the empathy of a stone, or he also needs to go see the GP - if he thinks everyone over 25 is in that much pain, he either completely underestimates what you're going through, or must be in a lot of pain himself. And I know which one I'm guessing...

The odd creak and niggle do start to come on, but not what you're describing.

Oh and I'm 45 and don't feel like that - niggles, yes, serious pain and exhaustion, no.

BrittaPerry Wed 03-Oct-12 12:04:08

Dame- yes, they have... I think I had my thyroid checked last year though, when I was having mental health issues.

BrittaPerry Wed 03-Oct-12 12:05:40

Would it make my hair keep falling out? And evaporate my sex drive?

sugarice Wed 03-Oct-12 12:08:30

I think you should go back to your GP, sex drive dwindling and hair falling out sounds like you're deficient in something. How's your diet?

DameFanny Wed 03-Oct-12 12:09:19

Ask about getting it checked again, and if your tsh is over 3.5 ask for more investigation.

Ime, the swelling associated with low thyroid puts extra strain on joints which may have been stressed before hence the hip pain. Also makes you more cold sensitive, and periods heavier and more frequent.

Have you noticed your hair getting coarser or your eyebrows thinning at all? That's the sort of change that creeps up on you over time so you don't notice until you look at the full picture.

Make a list of symptoms for the doctor of anything that doesn't seem right or appropriate to your agree, and good luck :-)

DameFanny Wed 03-Oct-12 12:09:39

Your age even. Must preview..

DameFanny Wed 03-Oct-12 12:11:13

Yy to hair loss and no sex drive as symptoms of thyroid - could still be something else, but good chance it's that, which means it's fixable.

VintageEbonyGuitar Wed 03-Oct-12 12:11:38

Sounds like you do a lot of exercise. Is your work providing the right equipment for you to carry loads? You might also need to look at your bicycle fittings. Have you had them proffessionally fitted? Is the seat set properly? Badly fitting cycles, like running shoes, can cause problems as they're impacting the wrong areas. Are you warming up/down properly?

Other than that, it's not normal for your age and I hope the gp does a good mot on you grin

aldiwhore Wed 03-Oct-12 12:14:46

You need to get yourself checked out at the GP's... it could be diet/excercise related, you could be lacking in certain minerals, it could be numerous manageable medical issues and your life would be so much better if you knew!

Ignore your DH. I'm 38 and although I have a few aches and pains that's usually down to too much dancing round the living room after vodka on a Friday night. I'm not particularly healthy, haven't always treated my body with respect, over indulged on food and under indulged on exercise, but I don't feel 'shot'... definitely get checked out, and ignore your DH, he's too young to turn into a grumpy old man.

Ephiny Wed 03-Oct-12 12:15:11

Definitely not normal, especially when you're only in your 20s! I would definitely get those symptoms checked out, if it's been going on a while.

When you say you're 'limping for a week every month', is it at a particular time, i.e. related to your period/cycle?

CarpeThingy Wed 03-Oct-12 12:16:52

I'm 43, with bad circulation that leads to stiffness/loss of feeling in my fingers. I was also recently diagnosed with early(ish)-onset osteoarthritis, so get "twinges". But I don't suffer anything like what you're describing. Your dh is being obstructive for reasons of his own hmm . Get yourself to a doctor. I hope they can sort things out for you.

mertin Wed 03-Oct-12 12:19:15

I think you can get to a stage where you overdo it with young dc. I've certainly had some of those symptoms but I'm over 40.

I did get checked out and it wasn't anything they could put their finger on.

At 27 - it could be overdoing things but I think your gp would take you seriously and give you some blood tests at least.

There's no harm in getting checked out is what I'm trying to say.

iknowwho Wed 03-Oct-12 12:20:20

Seriously you need to be checked out by a GP.
I am 47 and don't have any of those symptoms or conditions.

Go for a health MOT

sugarice Wed 03-Oct-12 12:26:24

I meant to say , I'm 44 and don't ache at all and I walk miles most days. Your symtoms aren't age related at 27. Have you been checked for arthritis?

footphobic Wed 03-Oct-12 12:29:02

Calcium deficiency can also cause all the symptoms you describe. Worth mentioning to GP, though I imagine they would routinely check this anyway given the symptoms.

GeneHuntsMistress Wed 03-Oct-12 12:33:40


all your symptoms are classic, except the cold fingers

Disclaimer -
I'm no doctor

WhoAteTheLastBrownie Wed 03-Oct-12 12:36:03

Bloody hell I thought you were going to say you were 55+ or something. I'm 44 and don't feel that way at all!

BrittaPerry Wed 03-Oct-12 14:05:40

Will mention all this tomorrow at the gp.

I should have said, I went a few months ago for being tired, and she gave me an iron supplement, which seemed to help at first, but not ver much.

Could thyroid problems be missed in a blood test? I have no idea if the test before I got the iron included thyroid, but it was definitely tested last year, as I nearly started on lithium (they couldn't give it me for other reasons in the end - Im on a different mood stabiliser) but they couldn't start it till I had my thyroid tested.

DameFanny Wed 03-Oct-12 14:14:25

Thyroid can be missed as there's a wide range of response to what seems like a normal result - you can be quite ill but within range for tests, especially if you're somewhere that says up to 5 is normal.

If you're on heavy duty meds as well, have you checked for side effects on those?

Oh what do I know! See your doctor, tell them everything and good luck

BrittaPerry Wed 03-Oct-12 14:15:17

I'm self employed, so my work equipment consists of bike and trailer which together cost £50, a 'paperboy' style shoulder bag and an oldlady shopping trolley...

Hair has got 'bigger' (ie it was wispy, now it practically stands on end) whilst also shedding like a cat.

Limping is before and during my period, but this month it just hasn't stopped and has got worse.

sittinginthesun Wed 03-Oct-12 14:19:29

I have all these symptoms too, and have done for years.

I did have thyroid problems after my last pregnancy, but these are all sorted now, and annual tests show my levels are normal.

I have felt much better after starting a Vitamin D supplement, so that might be worth a try.

Oh, and my GP tested me endlessly (although, I'm not sure about the Vitamin D thing), and never found anything other than the thyroidsad

VintageEbonyGuitar Wed 03-Oct-12 14:44:45

Could well be a side effect, I've been on ad's and some of them made exercise impossible. Some can stop certain nutrients being absorbed too.

You can get a bike shop to check your seat and consider a two shoulder bag (distributes weight evenly) camping type bag with pads and front fastenings. Possibly a push trolley rather than a pull, again for weight distribution, a pull along will drag on one side.

Definitely get checked, can you offset it against expenses?

Lueji Wed 03-Oct-12 14:47:02

Leave the old bastard!

More seriously, it's not normal and I'm sure your DH doesn't ache like you.

He might have a point if you were over 60!

catstail Thu 04-Oct-12 00:00:49

Let us know how you get on

MardyArsedMidlander Thu 04-Oct-12 08:33:00

Ask your doctor to check for an autoimmune disease. I have all these symptoms- and was diagnosed with systemic sclerodermas 5 years ago.

It's also Lupus Awareness Month- a disease related to mine, known as 'The Great Deceiver' because of the wide range of symptoms.
It took me five years to get diagnosed as my then GP kept putting it down to tiredness/ depression/ psychosomatic.
I also have very cold fingers due to raynaud's syndrome- which is an early indicator.

margerykemp Thu 04-Oct-12 08:46:00

You could have an autoimmune disease of the joints which could have been triggered by pregnancy. This would explain joint problems in someone do young. There is often a genetic connection with these things. Did any of your relatives have similar symptoms, especially young or after pregnancy?

You may need more specific blood tests or possibly an x ray.

BrittaPerry Thu 04-Oct-12 09:06:27

Yesterday I ended up getting a shopping trolley from the supermarket just to lean on while shopping :-(

My ideal outcome would be it being somehow related to all my other medical complaints. I feel like people are rolling their eyes every time I say I have a problem.

If I could just say 'I have x' then it would be a lot easier.

I don't think my relatives have joint problems. My mum says she creaks when she forgets her HRT though.

My sister has a heart murmur and her fingers, toes and lips go blue in the cold. She hasnt' really investigated why, though - my mum took her o the gp when she was little and he said she woukd only go blue if she was dead hmm

I'm the only one of my sisters who sn't very skinny, but then I was skinny till I had kids and had two years on anti psychotics and went from size 8 to 18 in six months, despite having sprung back after pregnancy. I'm now 12/14, which is the same size as my mum.

Lulu1984 Thu 04-Oct-12 09:16:22

I'm 27 as well and the last 6 mths I've had hip/pelvis pain. I went to see my GP in June and described it felt like SPD and he was really rude and asked sarcastically if I was just after strong pain killers. I felt really put out and insulted and haven't bothered going back so would like to know what your GP says.

I have noticed since that mine is around my period also for about a week and it is very painful to walk on.

MardyArsedMidlander Thu 04-Oct-12 09:51:15

'My ideal outcome would be it being somehow related to all my other medical complaints. I feel like people are rolling their eyes every time I say I have a problem.
If I could just say 'I have x' then it would be a lot easier.'

YY to all the above. before I was diagnosed, I was having loads of bizarre seemingly unrelated symptoms. A 'friend'- who is no longer a friend- said 'Oh you always seem to have Something don't you?!' angry

Soditall Thu 04-Oct-12 10:14:57

I would get checked out for Lupus if I was you and don't just let the Dr's fob you off if you aren't happy ask to see another Dr it's well with in your rights.

BrittaPerry Thu 04-Oct-12 10:27:59

In waiting room now. Will update.

fuzzpig Thu 04-Oct-12 10:30:21

You need lots of blood tests done. The doctor must not just let you continue to be in pain, some of the doctors I've read about on MN are really shocking. Don't let them fob you off!

Best of luck x

mrsminerva Thu 04-Oct-12 11:02:58

I'm mid 50s and I get less aches and pains than the OP. I think she should see her GP pronto.

mrsminerva Thu 04-Oct-12 11:05:17

Rough, coarse hair and coldness are classic symptoms of an underactive thyroid, which can be dangerous if not diagnosed, so get checked please.

VintageEbonyGuitar Thu 04-Oct-12 11:16:50

I have a connective tissue disorder and was tested for lupus/marfans/raynauds. It is easier having a diagnosis but you will still find people are judgemental about it.

Hope the gp listens, if not then ask for a second opinion. There are some good auto immune doctors but tend to be private and a fight to get treatment on the nhs.

DameFanny Thu 04-Oct-12 11:31:16

Vintage - can I ask what you have please? if not one if the usual suspects?

eurochick Thu 04-Oct-12 11:35:38

Thyroid does sound like a likely candidate.

Also, is your smear up to date? If not, get that done too (because of the pelvic pain).

MardyArsedMidlander Thu 04-Oct-12 11:50:20

'but you will still find people are judgemental about it.'

Oh yes. I want to have a badge that says 'I am not drunk and have tried every alternative method you can think of'. grin

dysfunctionalme Thu 04-Oct-12 11:55:49

Definitely a full check up with your GP.

Depending on the outcome, a close look at your diet - possibly you have an undiagnosed allergy/severe intolerance? Only saying this because I watched a show last night about a young woman who had skin problems. She saw a nutritionist who gave her quite a specific diet and within 6 weeks her skin was better (after years of problems). Same with a guy who had terrible headaches and had been on high dosage painkillers. He was young, too.

BrittaPerry Thu 04-Oct-12 12:54:20

So, she gave me two pills to make my periods less heavy, and sent me o blood tests...

DameFanny Thu 04-Oct-12 12:57:23

Which tests?

VintageEbonyGuitar Thu 04-Oct-12 13:54:49

Britta, hopefully that will help and they'll find something treatable.

Dame, the infamous EDS III

KenLeeeeeee Thu 04-Oct-12 14:01:52

I hope they find something they can help you manage. It's definitely not "just something over 25s deal with". I'm 28 and finally dragged myself to the GP last week after months of joint pain; after an examination and family history, he suspects I have rheumatoid arthritis and is sending me for tests to confirm. I wish I'd gone months ago instead of limping round and whinging!

DameFanny Thu 04-Oct-12 14:14:56

Ah, right, thanks Vintage

BrittaPerry Thu 04-Oct-12 14:21:35

She had a feel of my finger joints and referred me for physio for my hips, gave me the periods medication in case it was the heavy blood loss making me tired and achy and said the blood tests were definitely to check for "inflammation markers" and that she was going to have a think about what else to request from the blood tests - it was the blood clinic today, but she asked me to book for next week as she had to look some things up first.

She said hormonal contraception could be good, and she would normally give it a try, but it interacts with my bipolar medication and so it is better to try other things first - I am already on a high dose, and it would need to be increased if I went on the pill.

She had an extra long feel of the finger that gives me the most pain (without me telling her that was the one), although she said that none of them were swollen. So she obviously was noting any differences (that one has an old hairdressing injury to the joint - long story, but the scar is in the wrinkles of my knuckles and I didn't get medical help at the time, so it isn't in my records)

So I'm hopeful that she will get to the bottom of it.

piprabbit Thu 04-Oct-12 14:22:24

I was 27 when I started feeling tired and achy. On bad days I would literally have to crawl up the stairs to get to bed. I had to learn to sleep with my hands lightly pressed together in a 'prayer' position, as sleeping with them curled meant I wouldn't be able to uncurl them in the morning.

I was 28yo when I was diagnosed with Lupus. It took a long while to get a diagnosis, a lot of repeated blood tests, a lot of ruling things out.

What you are feeling is not normal. I hope that your GP continues to be helpful and proactive.

From the Lupus UK website:
"The two major symptoms are joint and muscle pain and an extreme tiredness that won't go away no matter how much you rest.
Rashes, depression, anaemia, feverishness, headaches, possible hair loss and mouth ulcers may all be part of the pattern of lupus.
Noticeably, whilst the two major symptoms are invariably present, people with lupus can differ greatly in their symptoms and how the illness can affect them - life-threatening for a few, very mild for some."

QueenStromba Thu 04-Oct-12 19:06:17

It's never lupus! Sorry for the House joke - I just couldn't resist.

In all seriousness though, make sure that they test your TH4 (thyroxine) levels and not just your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Normally if you have hypothyroidism your TSH will be sky high because your body keeps sending the signal to make TH4 because it doesn't get the signal back that there is enough TH4. It is possible though to have normal TSH and not enough TH4. This is pretty rare though so when they check your thyroid function they normally only check the TSH levels. Good luck, I hope you get a diagnosis that can be cured or easily managed.

dysfunctionalme Thu 04-Oct-12 23:21:04

Britta the GP's advice is a start but I think that if you can, try to get more holistic advice, too. What is your diet like? What about stress? Rest etc

BrittaPerry Fri 05-Oct-12 15:14:53

I just counted. I have SEVEN prescribed medications, plus the antihistamine, neurofen and berrocca that I take nearly every day.

That's not right, is it?

If they were all OTC then I could put it down to me making a fuss, but dctors don't prescribe willy nilly, do they?

My diet is ok apart from too much sugar, but I need that for energy.

BrittaPerry Fri 05-Oct-12 15:17:11

Hmm, just remembered that my dad takes ibuprofen constantly. We always put that wn to him being nearly 60 and being a builder all his life.

piprabbit Fri 05-Oct-12 15:29:17

Seven sounds like an awful lot, it might be worth asking the GP to do a review of all your medications. Unfortunately, once you start taking a variety of different medicines, they can have a tendency to interact and cause other problems and symptoms.

BrittaPerry Fri 05-Oct-12 16:04:16

i only actually take two of them every day - mood stabiliser and iron liquid
The rest - coedine, painkiller gel, two types of period tablets and sleeping pills are used as and when.

sugarice Fri 05-Oct-12 16:12:40

Could you reduce the sugar in your diet Britta? Obviously we know too much is bad for us but it can cause such inflammatory reactions it may be doing more damage than you realise .

BrittaPerry Fri 05-Oct-12 16:25:33

Where would I get energy from though? I'm already only just getting everything done.

QueenStromba Fri 05-Oct-12 18:01:20

I've been on a low carb diet for the last year and I have more energy than I ever had when my blood sugar was all over the place due to eating carbs. If going low carb seems like too much to handle then you might want to think about going gluten free first and see if that helps. Gluten is highly inflammatory in a lot of people and is implicated in any immunological disease that you would care to google. Since you've had someone with Lupus suggest that might be the problem then it's worth giving gluten free a go.

harbingerofdoom Fri 05-Oct-12 18:14:13

I hope that they can test for hypothyroid and rheumatoid arthritis in the first instance.
Any anemia can be detected and dealt with quite easily.
Hope the doctors find the cause soon.

sittinginthesun Fri 05-Oct-12 18:18:03

I still don't feel 100%, but I'm better than I have been for years. I have am gluten intolerant, have cut back on sugar, and take a Vitamin D supplement daily. I am still convinced that I have an underlying problem, which I inherited from my Dad, and in turn, his mother, but nothing shows on tests...

piprabbit Fri 05-Oct-12 18:26:22

I have Lupus and my sister is a Coeliac - when we told my rheumy consultant, he didn't seem surprised. He said it was two sides of the same coin.

dysfunctionalme Sat 06-Oct-12 01:24:13

Britta the mood stabiliser, yes, and the iron supplement sounds sensible. But you shouldn't be needing so many painkillers. There is probably a way to deal with your pain through diet and/or physio/osteopathy.

It might be worth flicking through the site of the British Dietetic Association for some ideas on where to start.

You are too young to be dependent on painkillers, I think you deserve more. Good luck

LesleyPumpshaft Sat 06-Oct-12 06:22:03

It's not just your age. I had a chronic kidney infection and the mother of all kidney stones. I felt really rotten for years and had a bad back. I remember thinking that maybe that was how everyone felt as they approached/hit 30.

Anyway, I started passing blood and was diagnosed. Fast forward 3 years, multiple surgeries, the indignity of a nephrostomy and all kinds of horrors, they removed the offending organ.

basically, you need to get it checked out. If you leave it, it might get worse.

BrittaPerry Sat 06-Oct-12 18:46:12

Argh, so, since you lot reassured me that I'm not making a fuss, I've been takin ibuprofen fairly regulary, rather than having to resort t coedine (and dh making fun) when it gets awful.

Which has been working surprisinly well - still getting pain, but at least I culd move about and pick things up fairly normally.

But, my left hand is currently stinging and aching and stiff, despite ibuprofen.

I swear this is getting worse daily now.

LesleyPumpshaft Sat 06-Oct-12 19:03:14

Ibuprofen isn't good to use for an extended period of time. It's not a very nice drug.

fuzzpig Sat 06-Oct-12 19:06:21

What do you mean DH making fun? As in the 'you are getting old' thing?

Unfortunately it is generally not a good idea to use painkillers regularly for a long time as they get less effective and often create their own symptoms like rebound headaches.

I hope you get to the bottom of this. I am about 18 months into chronic pain/fatigue, it has been a lot worse in the last few months and I am now expecting an official diagnosis of CFS/ME next month <yay>

redwallday Sat 06-Oct-12 19:09:31

My sister felt like this and was eventually diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. It's actually an autoimmune condition and makes you feel exhausted. I suggest you ask your doctor for a full arthritis screening blood test.

CecilyP Sat 06-Oct-12 19:10:59

No, I am more than twice your age and am not experiencing your symptoms. You really need to see your GP. And I am tempted to say to get a more sympathetic DH.

ouryve Sat 06-Oct-12 19:17:25

I do have joint problems but didn't feel that bad, that constantly at 27.

Definitely see your GP. There's all sorts of reasons why you could be feeling this way. It could be a thyroid problems, it could be a nutritional deficiency eg iron, B12 or Vitamin D (it has been a dark summer) or it could be the result of a virus or an actual muscoloskeletal problem. At any rate, such severe debilitation when you're normally fit and strong isn't just normal for over 25 any more than being such an insensitive, dismissive dick isn't necessarily normal for being male.

ouryve Sat 06-Oct-12 19:26:07

Re people having pain that's worse before and during a period - that's because your ligaments are softer and stretchier before a period and support your joints less well. I had to go for a course of hydrotherapy, last year, after being diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome after a dramatic worsening of pain I'd had all my adult life. I was in the pool with people mostly 20 or 30 years older than me and before my period I was struggling with the really simple exercises that the older people were managing just fine and that's when the physio explained the ligament softening to me. I'm in pain all the time, to some extent, but before my period, I can wrench a joint just sitting still.

Goldenjubilee10 Sat 06-Oct-12 19:28:28

Why do people post advice when they clearly haven't read the whole post? I hope you get to the bottom of it OP.

monsterchild Sat 06-Oct-12 19:32:13

OP I am 7 months pregnant at 41 and I don't feel like you describe! GP to find out what's going on.
Your symptoms sound a lot like my friend who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She has had treatment and is fine now!

fuzzpig Sat 06-Oct-12 19:36:55

Forgotten what you'd said in your OP about DH laughing when you take tablets. Why does he do that?!

BrittaPerry Sat 06-Oct-12 19:44:24

Because he thinks I'm a wimp.

He is being nice today, he is nice a lot of the time, but then he will say he 'always knew' I was exaggerating. Sigh.

But that is a whole other subject.

fuzzpig Sat 06-Oct-12 19:52:30

Will having a proper diagnosis change that, will he stop saying you are a wimp?

BrittaPerry Sat 06-Oct-12 20:10:10

I hope so. Either way, it would stop me thinking that maybe I am a wimp...

Or at least stop me feeling like I am constantly moaning. I'm not, honest, but saying 'oh, my insert condition is playing up' sounds better than 'my arm hurts and I feel dizzy' one day and 'my hips are stiff and I'm tired' the next and so on.

Then again, I thought that about the bipolar...

CaliforniaLeaving Sat 06-Oct-12 21:59:53

You're not a wimp, it's not normal I hope you get answers soon.

glastocat Sat 06-Oct-12 22:05:27

I am and fat and don't feel that bad. Keep at your doc, something isn't right. And your husband is a dick.

glastocat Sat 06-Oct-12 22:10:07

I am 43 and fat, even. Bloody iPad.

dysfunctionalme Sun 07-Oct-12 09:47:02

Well I think you have a lot to cope with, young children and pain and managing your bipolar condition. And I really hope you do one day find the time and motivation to seek a more holistic approach because it cannot be a good thing to be depending on ibuprofen etc. I know dietitians/naturopaths/acupuncture etc can seem airy fairy and expensive, but possibly after you've rummaged around the net a bit for ideas and advice, you may give it a try.

Good luck britta

BrittaPerry Mon 08-Oct-12 12:54:36

Ok, so just been fr the blood tests.

Reading the screen on the computer, the doctor sats there are signs of synotosis (or something like that - its a new word to me). The blood tests were for foyr things, I think one was ferretin, another was auto immune, then the other two were acronyms that I have firgotten. The nurse said she has no idea what any if the tests are for. The notes also said 'if no diagnosis, refer to reumo?' Which I presume is arthritis.

Will google when I get home - having my lunch in weatherspoons so I actually eat real food and not just toast.

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Mon 08-Oct-12 15:21:01

Ok, so ferritin is your iron stores, auto immune I don't know, but I would guess they're looking for markers for RA our lupus (its never lupus). There are a fee different kinds from memory - stuff like esr - which is a something sedimentation rate, which is supposed to be higher of you have inflammation going on - was that one of them?

fuzzpig Mon 08-Oct-12 15:40:14

The acronyms may have been ANA and ANCA? Those are more autoimmune tests anyway.

BrittaPerry Mon 08-Oct-12 19:50:00

I think one could have been ESR

BrittaPerry Mon 08-Oct-12 19:53:45

Weirdly, though, I feel great today smile

Just hoping that doesn't stop whatever it is from showing in my blood.

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