Thank Goodness I Found You Folks!
Let me first of all express gratitude and appreciation to the members of this forum. This forum has a very nice demeanor and the signal to noise ratio is quite high.
I have not been diagnosed with anything (yet), as I'm scheduled to see my GP in about a week, and share my symptoms with him. I'm male, 38 and in overall good health (save for this last nasty bout with bronchitis, YUCK). I'm about 10lbs overweight and my BP is fine. I am taking 20mg Lexapro (one year so far) for depression that I've had for the last 20 years or so, 25mg Seroquel to help with sleep (one year so far). These meds have really helped me, greatly helping my quality of life.
This is what I have been experiencing for about the last three years
1. Almost constant flu-like aching in my thighs and knees.
2. The aching seems to be correlated with stress or times where I have really been overdoing it physically or mentally (yard work, home improvement projects, work).
3. When I go up or down stairs I walk like an old man due to the aching,
but my legs are quite strong - I am ABLE to bound up and down stairs like a healthy 18 year old can - IF I NEED TO. It's not comfortable but I am strong enough to do it no problem. I walk fine with no visible change in gait.
4. The pain really doesn't respond to Tylenol or Advil even when I stay on the maximum daily dosage. They're not good for me and they don't work, so I've been just living with the aching. It's just like I have really bad flu-aching on the lower half of my body.
5. I've had no injury to my legs/knees in sports or accidents that could account for any of this.
I will be sharing all of this with my doc next week. I haven't been there (save for my recent bronchitis) in 3 years. I never thought anything could be done for this, but it's been 2+ years of aching now and I am tired of the pain.
I see alot of people on this forum that present the same symptoms as me, which really helps me mentally as I thought I was unique with this and there was no hope.