I have felt like crap since last march. on march 18, 2003 I suffered a serious panic attack after taking the stimulant ephedra. I couldnt sleep for a month and finally had a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized. I was given a addictive perscription drug called klonopin (anti panic drug) and figured my troubles were soon to be over.
In May I met a woman who had the same problem with panic disorder. She even took the same drug and we eventually had sex.
I felt not well after sleeping with her. Mostly stomach problems, headaches, and generally feeling tired......later I developed testicular pain. (everything seemed to be a potential symptom of panic....except for the testicular pain) I figured I had a hernia from working out too heavy.
my panic then abrubtly seemed to turn into depression
In august I was really down and met another girl with similiar problems and we had sex.
3 weeks later I saw some marks in my genital regoin, had painful urination, and strange feelings running up and dow my body, and my body was really sore and weak. I had to urinate every 5 minutes and had a yellow discharge. (on the verge of a panic attack)
i thought I had gonohrea or herpes (or both) and sped to the ER. they said it wasnt herpes and my urine test revealed that it wasnt any standard STD. I was given ton of antibiotics right there (oral and Injection) and was told Id be fine.
I was for a few days. then all symptoms came back. I was given oral antibiotics for 2 weeks and the UTI and testicle pain went away but my penis became swollen at the tip and very sore. i also got tons of weird acne and marks on my thighs, butt, and genital area. my jonys began to hurt and my eyes became blood shot.
to make a long story short-I saw 15 doctors who told me that it wasnt herpes or any other std. I was tested for herpes 3 times.
I have been tested for every thing and everything was negative.
My joints were becoming much more painful each day.
I finally demanded to be tested for infectious bacterial arthritis. Those were PCR tests. they were all negtive....but a rhuematoid test (RF) came back positive. My sed rate was normal and CBC was fine.
My doc made an appointment for me with a rhuematologist. the rhuematologist examined me and said I do NOT have RA.
she is going to test me for the gene that goes with reiters disease.
my pains include pain down the back of my legs, ankle pain, feet pain, finger pain, wrist pain, and shoulder pain. also pain in the achillis tendon.
all this pain pops up randomly throughout the day.
Can you get a second opinion on whether or not you have rhuematoid arthritis? My father, who had been diagnosed with it at a very young age and dealing with it for many many years (he's in 70s now) went to a new dr. a few years ago and he said that my Dad did NOT have rhuematoid arthritis! But all of the evidence showed the opposite -- he had really swollen joints, sometimes couldn't move fingers, etc. Well the next dr. went back to yes, he has rhuematoid arthritis. That's why I recommend a 2nd opinion.
my joints are not :red, swollen, and i dont have a hard time moving them. the joints, bones and muscles just hurt. Today i feel good. Take that back ,I just felt a pain in a knuckle on my left hand
also, does RA go away? I read that some have it for a few months to a couple years and it never comes back. I read others go through periods of activation and remission. others have it all the time and become disabled.
Sorry to hear you're having those symptoms. One thing I would agree about is getting a second opinion. If you have RA it's possible that you will never get rid if it. It may go into remission. I've had RA for about 20 years and it has progressed steadily through the years. My hands are messed up. I've already had a foot surgery and will probably need the other done in the future as well as both hands I would assume in the future too. I hope not though.
You situation sounds strange, but there must be a practical explanation. Keep a close eye on it and see if there is a change. If worse you need to find a specialist in both RA and possibily Urology. Just my idea. Try to keep us posted on this. I'm curious as to what it could be. I would be worried to KevinD29. MV
Last edited by Mission_Void; 12-12-2003 at 12:22 PM.