I didn't know where else to put this. So, I'm putting it here & hope you can help. BTW... I'm sorry, in advance, for how long this may become! I assure you that it's for a legit reason. So. please have patience with me. Now, lets begin...
1st of all, here's a short background
. I have lupus, fibromyalgia, and SEVERAL other health conditions. If you want to find out the rest so you can better understand & help me, please go to ******* & look for sweet_beulah_land. If you know anything about the site or the web, in general, then you should know how to just add it to the web addy. Plz forgive me for not writing all about it here, but it's A LOT to write, and I REALLY REALLY don't feel like it. I've got enough to explain to you & figure why do all that work, when I've already taken the time to write it somewhere else. N-e-wayz...
Lately, I've had problems with really bad headaches
...like ER bad (they were of NO help...you'd understand if you knew the hospital here...lol). Then, I started noticing some of the lymph nodes in my neck
were pretty tender, painful, & swollen,
which has happened a few times before. Also, I was experiencing an off & on low-grade temp
, which I get episodes of from time to time for no apparent reason (could be the lupus), and I was feeling SO exhausted
, which is almost impossible considering how exhausted I am on a regular basis. I put off going to the doc b/c...well, quite frankly, when you have serious, chronic health problems like me, you get pretty sick & tired of always going to the doc when something happens, even if it could be a significant something related to your disease. Not to mention, you usually get the distinct feeling that your doc is sometimes gets sick of seeing you & starts to not take you as seriously, and I'm sure some of you can relate. When I started to get all stuffy in one nostril, I decided I better give in.
I made an appointment to see the nurse practitioner
at my doctor's office ASAP. He said I had a bunch of fluid in both ears
(assuming that = ear infection but wasn't told those exact words) & thought I had a serious sinus infection
. I was given antibiotics
& told they should clear it ALL up, including the headaches
, but it didn't. Yes, the stuffiness went away & assume the ear infection or fluid or whatever did too; however, I still have everything else.
However, ALLLLL that is not what I really need advice on...kinda..sorta...I think. I basically told you that in case it may be related to what brought me here this time. I guess we'll see. What I really need help with...
has been a little extra tender & painful today
. I was really feeling it a little while ago. So, I put my hand on my neck to check it
(i.e. tenderness, swollen...), and sure enough, it felt pretty swollen, esp in one area, & extra tender to touch. I pressed on the spot that was more swollen, and what happened next, made me freak out!!! This thing - cartilage, voice box, thyroid... - kind of...well, bare with me b/c I'm not sure how to describe it. Hmmm... well, I guess I'd say it kind of shifted or moved a little, and when this happened, I heard the weirdest, most unexpected thing. I heard crunching or like a popping. I can't remember ever experiencing this before, and I had to come here to see if I could get an answer or at least some opinions.
Can anyone help? Does this sound familiar to any of ya? Plz, just let me know. If nothing else, an idea you throw out may point me in the right direction.
Again, I'm SO sorry this was so long. I just felt that you might not be able to help as much if you didn't know some of the other stuff, and believe me, that was the short version. lol Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to read through all this & caring enough to help. I really appreciate it!!