Hi. I am trying to get to the bottom of what my husband has been going through. I know you guys can't diagnose, but if anyone could maybe share their ideals of what might be wrong, then I could do some more research and hopefully find some answers. I didn't really know which board to post this on, but figured I would start here.
So, well over a week ago, my husband's right foot got real swollen, and red, and was tender and he was in severe pain, but he had not injured himself in any way. Well, then the same thing started in his right wrist. It ended up in his knee, too, but not as severe as the foot and wrist. His wrist is now huge, fingers and hand swollen, red, severe pain. He is constant pain, has shooting pains too that he says feels like electrical shocks.
We don't have insurance but we did find a doctor in our area who treats the uninsured working free of charge. So, he went to him, they took blood. They mentioned maybe gout. I looked it up and thought this was it because the symptoms sounded exactly like what he was experiencing.
He got his bloodwork back and they said no gout because his uric acid level was normal. They told him that his ESR (sedimantation rate?) was high and that this means an infection or inflammation. Well, obviously he has inflammation, you can see it. The only thing that might have something to do with all of this is that he had a very bad bout with the flu about a week or two before this pain started.
I so much want to help him and get him out of this pain. Does anyone have any ideals at all about what this might be? Any thoughts would be appreciated.