For the past 7 weeks, I have been suffering from a variety of symptoms and no one can really pinpoint exactly what's wrong. It started with pain around my neck; this then slowly spread down my back - the further it got down my back, the more the neck pain eased. It then started to get very uncomfortable to sit down for long periods. Every time I moved, there was a lot of clicking. About 2 weeks later, I then suffered a bout of constipation which improved after about a week. I still had the lower back pain and aching when sitting down, and I seemed to be urinating more frequently than usual. One morning, I was sitting at the piano, when I suddenly came over all dizzy as if I was going to fall off - heart racing, legs and hands shaking etc. Doctor couldn't find anything wrong. After this, the low back pain continued; as I had been very tired and generally lacking in energy the doctor agreed to run some blood tests. When these came back, the liver function was slightly abnormal (the billrubim, and either the ALT or AST were slightly raised) so the doctor suspected some kind of infection (suspects glandular fever).
Now, I'm still getting the low back pain - when I'm sitting down, it tends to start at the sides and work it's way in towards the middle of the spine. After a while my buttocks begin to ache, and then sometimes this aching spreads down the back of my legs. When I get up and move about, these symptoms are generally relieved once everything has clicked back into place - when I stand up and stretch, there is a series of clicks up the spine. The trouble is that if I stand for a long time, the bottoms of my feet and my ankles begin to ache (e.g. they get painful standing in the bath having a shower). Sometimes, particularly in bed, the aches and pains also travel down my arms into my fingers, and sometimes both my fingers and toes seem to be tingling.
I am still getting these pecular feelings of unsteadiness and dizziness, but only when sat at the piano - the only connection I can make is that it's the only time I'm sitting, moving my arms a lot, and my back is unsupported. Apart from all this, I'm still just rather tired and lacking energy.
I'm really confused by all these symptoms - they don't scream glandular fever at me, but who know's. I've got to go for a repeat of the blood tests next week, and to be tested for glandular fever. The back pain/ache, leg pain/ache etc. is the one thing which has been constant and hasn't really improved. I don't think it's sciatica as my understanding is that this is usually in one leg where as the aches and pains I'm getting seem to be pretty symetrical. Of course, all these symtoms might be unconnected - I might well have had some kind of infection, and was unlucky to also have back pain at the same time.
I don't know whether I should wait for the next lot of blood tests and to see the doctor in two weeks, or whether in the meantime to go down the chiropractor route.
I find that at night, I find it hard to get comfortable - I lie on my back and that feels OK to start with, but then after a while it begins to ache so I turn over, then the process repeats. Once I'm asleep I'm generally OK (but then I've always been a very heavy sleeper anyway!).
I haven't had a temperature at all.
I find that I sometimes get some pain just above my knees, but not really the knees themselves.
I am not aware of having arthritis - I'm 26 and overweight, so a possibility I guess.
No accident either - it just seemed to come on gradually.
it sounds like some kind of irritation or inflammation of the spine. i would consult with two kinds of specialists. a rheumatologist and an orthopedic surgeon who specializes on the spine.
the surgeon will see if any damage has occurred to the spine. the rheumatologist will try to find out what is causing the inflammation. i do hope this is just a temporary situation but you need to find out what the problem is in order to get proper treatment....best of luck.....pete
Thanks for that advice, I will see how things pan out.
What seems odd to me is that if it were glandular fever, I'm sure I'd ache - I don't think it would cause the clicking I'm getting. But, if it's a bone/join/muscular thing, I can't immediately see how that would affect liver function... Maybe it's two separate things!