I'm frustrated, tired, broke, and have no insurance.
I'm almost 27 years old, and until two weeks ago I've been perfectly healthy. The only time I've ever been in the hospital was to have my daughter 5 years ago. So, two weeks ago, I woke up and made it about halfway down the stairs when my legs began to hurt. I hobbled into the kitchen to get a glass of juice like I normally do, and then came in to the computer to get ready for my daughter's homeschool lessons. The back of my neck was achy and my legs hurt. My shoulders hurt. I struggled through her lessons and spent the rest of the day in the recliner. When my husband got home I told him I didn't feel good, but felt that I'd be fine in the morning.
The next morning he woke up at 5am for work and asked how I was. I said I felt fine. No pain. So he went ahead and went to work. Once I started to get out of bed a couple hours later, I realized that I was still in pain. Same as the day before. Again I struggled through my day and told husband I was sure I'd be ok the next day. Wrong, the next day I was worse! I called off school for DD and laid in the recliner all day. My husband called and asked how I was and I told him worse. He cut his day short and came home and took me to Redi Med. They did a complete blood count, it came back normal. No anemia, white cell count normal, heomoglobin fine. They advised that if I wasn't feeling better in a couple days to have my thyroid checked, as it could be hypothyroid.
So I managed to get an appointment at the doctor's office for the following Friday (a week later). They said the test came back normal, although I have a copy on the way and intend to seek a second opinion on that as I've heard a lot of doctors aren't aware of new guidelines for thyroid disorders.
But, what if my thyroid is fine? What the heck else could this be? For a few days my jaw hurt to chew, but now it's fine and I'm eating like it's going out of style. My hands are a little achy, it's hard to open jars, and it hurts to put weight on them, like when getting in and out of a chair. Not as badly as it did, but it's still there. My elbows were also very sore for a few days, although it felt like the pain was in the muscle as opposed to the actual joint itself. I was very bad for about 4 days, and have been getting progressively better for the past week. I'm to the point that other than bending down is difficult/painful and I get tired much faster than I used to (an hour shopping trip at Wal Mart wore me out) I feel close to normal. I'd say I'm at about 80%
I need to find a starting point so I can find a doctor who is willing to listen to me so I can get this problem diagnosed with as few exterraneous tests (and dead ends) as possible since I have to pay for this myself. I don't have insurance.