Undiagnosed symptoms and vegetative neurodystonia...
Over the past seven months, I have been experiencing migratory myalgia, arthalgia, numbness in the hands, constant cracking joints, lung pain (like you've just ran in cold weather), cough at night, and cold extremities. The arthalgia has dissipated but my knees feel like they're going to buckle. My palms hurt, intermittently, like I've just caught a baseball barehanded. Mind you, I have no fever, chills, weight loss, or lack of energy. I've done the follow tests:
CBC (5 tests) - normal
24-hour urine - normal
ESR (3 times) - 1 mm/hr
CRP (2 times) - 3 (normal range is <5 on this specific test)
ANA (3 times) - negative
Liver panel - normal
Creatine kinase levels - normals
ANCA - negative
HLA-B27 - negative
rheumatoid factor (2 times) - negative
TSH (2 times) -normal
Lyme - negative
Hep A/B/C - negative
HIV/STI panel - negative
Chest X-Ray - normal
Doctor's were stumped, especially considering my age (20), gender (male), and race (caucasian) and how I do not fit into the typical demographic of diseases like SLE, vasculitis, RA, etc.
So I went to a naturopath and he tentatively diagnosed me with what he believes is vegetative neurodystonia, an "autonomic stress syndrome". As I had an extremely stressful event precede my symptoms, it seems possible. It's just that, at the moment, there is no other explanation and I would be a medical oddity if it were diagnosed with something else, as I would have a rare disease at an atypical age, in an atypical gender and/or race, with atypical symptoms and atypical blood results. Seems unlikely. So, for the time being, I will accept the doctors diagnosis. Is this type of stress disorder common? Do any of you have experience with it?