Random Severe Left Shoulder Pain

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  1. QUESTION:
    One night I woke up with a sharp very painful stabbing pain right between my chest, since than I have been?
    Since than I have experienced tiredness and fatigue and soreness in that area, and the pain comes and goes, but not as severe. Every now and than I will feel random sharp pains there. I also have feelings like my heart is fluttering, almost like butterfly wings. It is the weirdest feelings.
    Could this all be serious? I am 29 going on 30 in a month.

    • ANSWER:
      Pinched back muscles will often send the pains around the body to become pains in the rib, chest or heart areas. Certain movements are causing the muscles to get pinched in the spine to cause the jolts of pain you experience. To get rid of the pains you have to free up your back muscles and here's how to do that:
      Back:
      (do from a sitting position)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front and firmly pull down on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  2. QUESTION:
    Unexplained calf pain?
    I recently started haveing claf pain in my left leg...I havn't done anything that I can recall that would have caused this.My leg is also falling asleep very easily and quickly.I herd that a random onset of calf pain could mean a blood clot.I am planning to go to the Dr.,but im just curious as to why this is happening....Its usually durring the day...I dont know if there is any connection but for years I have had severe shoulder pain in my left shoulder could this be related?Thanks for you help!

    • ANSWER:
      wow! your definitely on the right track going to see a doctor-pinched nerve? clot? do you take birth control pills-I have read they can be linked to clots... Make sure your doctor is well-informed when you go to see him/her-your lifestyle including medical background and current lifestyle need to be addressed. Take care.

  3. QUESTION:
    Chest pain! Going into left arm. ?
    I get this pain at random. It happens a lot when just laying down. I get severe chest pain, that goes into my shoulder and left arm. What could it be?
    I have reflex sympathetic dystrophy
    Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
    And possibly POTS syndrome. If that helps at all.

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter is 16 and has CRPS too. She also has been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos and POTS only yesterday as we hadto wait for a transfer to adult services
      The cardiologist explained to us at the appointment that her chest and arm pain is common amongst POTS patients
      If you ever need to talk things through email me and ill pass on her details
      Thanks

  4. QUESTION:
    Severe grinding pain in my left shoulder.?
    For roughly about a year now, I have been getting random but very painful twinges in my left shoulder. Sometimes it's so severe I can't even raise my arm and it can leave me in tears. It can last for 10 minutes or for hours.
    I'm a 21 year old female and exercise on a regular basis as well as having a healthy diet, so I doubt it could be anything linked to that. I haven't been in any accidents either so it couldn't be that.
    I did go to my doctor and she took my blood pressure and did some arm exercises with me which were all fine, however she did these when I wasn't experiencing any pain in my shoulder, as I said it comes on randomly. Anyway my blood pressure etc was fine so she just brushed off everything I told her.
    If it wasn't so painful I would ignore it, but it puts me in a restless mood which prevents me from sleeping, which in turn puts me in a bad mood during the day. It's the pain more than anything that is getting to me the most.
    To describe the pain, it almost feels as if my bones are grinding together. I have taken painkillers for it but they do absolutely nothing.
    If anyone else has any advice or experiences a similar thing I would be so grateful to hear from you, thank you.
    Michelle Kinney - I don't play tennis, I just go jogging and do zumba but yeah perhaps a physio would be able to give me an answer, thank you.

    SU - I didn't think of arthritis, it doesn't run in my family at all but it could well be, thanks for your help.

    Barney - I'm right handed and I don't work on a computer, I work on checkouts but only part-time and I don't lift anything heavy so it can't be that. I've not had it x-rayed at all, but that's another option for me, thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you left-handed or right-handed? Do you work on the computer a lot? In any case, it might help to see a physiotherapist; if they're good, they may be able to define the problem more precisely than your GP. I used to have a similar thing, and even the exercises and therapy proposed couldn't help it. So I did nothing at all, and it faded over time (took several months, though). Did you have it x-rayed, and USG-ed? Sometimes the space between the bones/joints gets too small and affects the nerves located there.

  5. QUESTION:
    Severe random dull/sharp pain in left shoulder/arm.?
    Hi,

    I'm 22 and I've been experiencing sever dull/sharp pain in my left shoulder and sometimes bounces off to my arm too. I feel fine except that when the shoulder/arm start hurting, it is really painful. I've had no injuries or haven't done anything weird as of late.

    But the pain is wierd, like a cramp, but also painful but dull.

    Could it be something very serious?

    It comes and goes various times, with no specific thing that I do.

    It stops when I go to sleep though and shows up randomly during the day sometimes.

    • ANSWER:
      sure you aren't experiencing a heart attack? go to a doctor asap

  6. QUESTION:
    sever abdominal pain, and chest pain?
    so ive gone to my doctor once a month for the past three months and here are my symptoms
    upper left abdominal pain like around my stomach, sever
    lower right pain above appendix area..sever
    both of these are on and off
    and lately ive been getting chest pain about 10-15 mins after the abdominal pain occurs and its right in the middle of my breasts and spread through the left side towards my left shoulder its a mild severe pain.
    i have dirrehea but only if i eat dairy without my lactaid supplements..i havent been diagnosed for anything just to try to keep my dairy intake low

    my doctor has done blood tests, urine tests, a bowl test, and an ultrasound ..i know im not pregnant
    and im on nuva ring and she says that im fine

    why am i having these pains if im perfectly healthy and fine?
    i exercise and i make sure i eat healthy and get enough nutrition.

    anyone know whats wrong with me? im 19..and im sick and tired of having random short burst of severe pain that only last maybe 20 seconds...what is going on in my body???
    acai berry makes me sick...and ill try to go a.s.a.p.
    btw..my doctors have always been shitty

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a gastroenterologist because the tests your doctor did would cover most of the common things it would probably be.

  7. QUESTION:
    Knotting in Shoulder Blade Pain?
    This is an issue I've been dealing with for years. First time I remember it occurring was about 7 years ago. What happens is that the muscles on my upper shoulder blade, close to my spine and right under my shoulder knot up causing severe pain. I'm not sure what causes this to happen but it seems to be related to my stress level and sleep. If I have alot to worry about/ not getting much sleep such as when I'm swamped with class work, I notice it is more likely to show up. Another example would be if I'm working at a job where I'm constantly moving around and may get stressed it becomes more prevalent. Physical activity alone does not seem to cause it as I can work out at the gym or do participate in sports and other physical activity without it occurring.

    Other times it can seem to be completely random. I may not be experiencing any stress or physical stress and it will just pop up. The amount of time it remains knotted is also seemingly random sometimes lasting just minuets before going away and other times lasting hours or even days (at increments).

    While this problem has been consistent I do know I have experienced long periods of time when it does not appear at all. How much time exactly, I do now know as I tend to forget about it until it presents itself again.
    The pain is very sharp and painful but generally stays in the one area that I described. It is also always in the same place on the left shoulder. This never happens to my right shoulder.

    I know that this is something I should bring up with a doctor and no one here can give me any kind of credible diagnostic, but if anyone knows anything about this just give your opinion.

    • ANSWER:
      See a Chiropractor. You may have a rib out of place.

  8. QUESTION:
    Ive been having lots of pains, not sure why?
    Lately, for the passed 2-3 weeks, i've been having a lot of issues with my body.

    I'm 17, and consider myself to be in pretty good shape. I haven't been doing any sort of strainious activitys, and haven't changed my eating habits..

    Basically, my biggest issue is my joints. My left shoulder, left elbow, wrists, and knees have been in lots of pain. If i just flex my arm, the pains instant and pretty severe. I can't pick up heavy objects, and it hurts my shoulder horribly if i try to raise my arm above the level of my shoulders.

    My muscles are giving me a lot of trouble too. My lower back has been in pain, along with my arms and this random pain i get on the side of my pelvis.

    I've been having stomach cramps over the passed 3 days, and it made me puke once already. I didn't feel sick at all though, it just came out of no where.

    The insides of my ears hurt as well. I can't even put headphones in my ears to listen to music, because the ridge (i dont know what its called) in front of my earhole hurts like hell if i even try to clean my ears with a Qtip.

    It's almost like the side effects one of my friends had with his drug withdraws, but i haven't been on any meds or drugs at all. I have no clue why my bodys feeling like this >_<

    Thanks for any help :/

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible. Anyone can get influenza, but rates of infection are highest among children. For most people, it lasts only a few days. Influenza can lead to pneumonia. So check with your doctor. And good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    Post C-section Period Help!?
    Ok, I had a C-section done November 22, 2010. This was C-section number 2. About mid-January I FINALLY stopped bleeding from the pregnancy. Then February 15th comes along, I get my period. It lasted until the 19th. Just 4 days, like they always do, I had the cramping and the bloating like usual... So I just assumed, YAY, my body is getting back to normal.. Well, Today is March 22nd... Still haven't had another period. I went to pee earlier and I had a half-dollar sized blood clot come out, which is very unusual. I know people say that, that happens to some women before their period.. but it's never happened to me. Plus, I don't feel the usual "signs" of a period. I'm kind of wondering whats going on..

    Also, I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it.. but on the left side of my c-section scar, it is still VERY tender.. I can't even shower without it hurting. I've also been having random stabbing pains in my left ovary, and also am having pretty severe pain under my left shoulder blade. Anything i've read about that only points to ectopic pregnancy.. but i've had my tubes tied. Another thing about my left side hurting is, when they were tying my tubes.. I could feel EVERYTHING on the left side that they were doing. I had an epidural and I could feel nothing on the right side. But when they started on the left side, I was in immediate pain. So that may be why it's still sore. If you've been through this.. or know stuff about this, please help. I'm starting to get worried, but don't have health insurance and I'm not sure if I can afford a doctors visit and abunch of test.
    today is march 23rd **day after I posted the first message** I woke up to TERRIBLE period cramps this morning. I couldn't move, I was crying... and then out of no where.. there was a big gush of blood. (sorry if thats too graphic). I took ibuprofen, a hot shower, and Im not using a heating pad. It feels like my ovaries are about to fall out. uuuuuuggghhhhhhhhhh

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  10. QUESTION:
    Spasm on both temples for the past year, spreading through body, doctors ignore me, any ideas please?
    I'm a 23 year old male. I've gone to my primary physician over 5 times in the past 6 months about this problem, but I am ignored and told it's "stress" every time...it's not. The problem:

    I get random, pulsating spasms on my temples...it's always one side or the other, NEVER both. It's right above my ear, where I can feel the temporal artery. The spasms do not keep time with my pulse...the timing is random, but once it starts, it usually lasts a few hours...pulsating at least once a minute, sometimes 20 times in a minute, sometimes once. If you put your hand over my temple, it feels like if my temple was pregnant...it's an outward kicking sensation on your hand.

    When I'm sleeping and it starts, you can actually hear it hitting the pillow, which pretty much means I can't sleep on that side.

    It rarely comes with any pain, and a CT scan said I have nothing, but I know something is wrong, it can't be normal to have this on a daily basis for a whole year.
    Wanted to add: I also began feeling spasms in my right elbow (pretty severe ones, felt like a fish was swimming around in my elbow) and in both of my legs a few months ago...but that didn't last long. The only one that remains consistently is the temple spasm.

    I am 100% positive it is not stress. I am pretty much the least stressful person I know, I rarely get stressed, and these spasms started at a time in my life when I was probably under the least amount of stress that I have ever been...it doesn't add up. Stress just seems like a quick answer when they can't think of an actual reason. Also, if I think of the times in the past year when I have been stressed, and try to correlate that with the spasms, there is absolutely no connection in timing.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, your doctor could be right. Sometimes instead of having other medical issues, we have one weaker part of the body that takes the brunt of things. Better a temple spas then your heart. However, if you're working out or under stress during a workout, then you could be lacking water, as well. Those tight muscles in the temporal lobe can be very painful. It's like getting a charlie horse in your calf, but you're is in a more tender spot.

      Something that won't hurt you to try is a product called BioFreeze. It's wonderful, BUT keep it away from your eyes. It main ingredients are spearment and eucalipticus ( think I spelled that wrong) Anyway, it's great for all muscle spasms and it only takes a dab on your finger. It's a gell and you can get it in a tube or a bottle. Most Chiropractors offices carry it, but give them a call before running down to get it. My C'practor does.

      Anyway, I did a chat cut and paste from another website and the link is below. It may give you some more answers. I know it hurts, but it is a spasm.

      The spasm can feel like tightness or a knot in a muscle. It often hurts to use the muscle. Usually, when you have a muscle spasm or cramp, you know it.

      Many people frequently have "tight muscles" in their neck, back, temples, traps (tapezius muscles---those are the muscles you want rubbed when you say, "can you rub my shoulders?") or legs. From the “weekend warrior” to the professional athlete, muscle spasms or cramps can occur in the muscles during strenuous activity.

      The common name for a muscle cramp or spasm is “charley horse” a term that is most often used for cramps in the leg muscles. These cramps can be particlularly painful.

      A spasm or cramp usually occurs from overusing the muscles in a repetitive fashion or from injuring the muscle during sporting activities or work. Muscle spasms are also common in the neck during long periods of stress.

      Dehydration during strenuous activity is a risk factor in producing a cramp. So, it is important to drink plenty of water during strenuous activities.

      Forum: The Neurology and Neurosurgery Forum
      Topic: Headache
      Subject: severe shooting pains in temples

      dear doctor
      About 6 weeks ago I suffered sudden pain in my temples lasting only seconds
      but it took my breath away and I felt dizzy and sick with fear. The pains
      reoccured several times throughout the night and I had to leave where I was and
      come home. Although the pains has occured in both temples mainly my left one is
      affected and when it starts it seems to come in runs short and stabbing
      minutes or seconds apart. It got better for a while but seems to be returning but
      not constantly ie. 2 or 3 episodes yesterday. I tend to grit my teeth when anxious
      and have no prior history of headaches apart from hangovers!! Please could you advise
      me if you think this is serious what could be causing it and what should I
      do.
      Thanks
      ===============================================================================
      I am not completely sure as to the exact anatomy of the problem you are
      describing but certain aspects of itsound very like trigeminal neuralgia, this
      is a severe stabbing pain, which usually affects the lower or middle part
      of the face, it is sudden and severe and is described as feeling like a bolt
      of lightening.
      The spasms of pain are typically provoked by touching the face, chewing,
      or even a cold breeze on the face.
      I am not sure if the area you describe falls into the territory of the upper
      branch of the nerve of the nerve.
      Either way this sounds like a neuralgic type pain linked to irritation of
      a sensory nerve suppling the face and head, this could come from a wide
      variety of causes, frequently no specific cause is found.
      There are a number of drugs which are potentially used to treat this type
      of pain.
      Tegretol and Neurontin are two typical examples.
      If this continues I would suggest you have this checked out by a
      neurologist as soon as possible,since this very distressing pain needs
      treatment and an underlying cause need to be looked for.

  11. QUESTION:
    Panic Disorder or something else? Maybe?
    I have been going to the doctor and seeing a psychologist recently to help me get through some seemingly random attacks in which my hands and feet go numb (sometimes they are cold), I start to hyperventilate, I become disoriented, and thoughts that something is physically wrong with me. These can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours (I've heard three hours is very long for a typical panic attack). I know that all of these are common symptoms of panic disorder and this is what both my psychologist and doctor have "diagnosed" me with. However, none of the medication or treatments have worked (I have had this since mid January). I have had no trauma in my life nor am I going through a time with a lot of stress. I am 20 years old and weigh apx 190lbs. I have had my blood done for a chem test as well as thyroid exam which both have come back normal. I have also had an EKG and the results there were fine as well. My mom has Raynauds phenomenon which could explain my cold hands and feet but not necessarily the numbness or other symptoms that relate to the attack. One strange realization that I have had is that I only have these attacks while sitting down. I.E. driving, writing papers, or video games. I have NEVER had an attack start while standing or lying down. Often times standing up even helps alleviate the symptoms of the attack. I have also noticed that when my hands get really cold or get numb I can press down on my palm or back of hand and it seems as if the blood returns slower than usual (the skin stays white longer than usual. Also, I do not use tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs except for xanax that I ONLY use during a severe attack as I am wary of using pills or any other drug. It may also be important to note that I threw out my left shoulder over the summer and after an MRI everything came back normal so my doctor basically dismissed any physical problems with my shoulder and sent me with vicodin to get rid of the pain. Since then I have random movements that make me feel as if my shoulder is dislocated thus causing a very similar numbing feeling to those of my attacks. Is it possible that there is a pinched nerve somewhere causing this or that I have a form of Peripheral neuropathy that is triggered when sitting down? It is just strange as it only happens sitting down and I truly have little to no stress in my life to trigger these attacks. Id appreciate any help or informed responses as if you have experienced what I feel, they can truly take over your life and mental well-being.

    • ANSWER:
      " I have had my blood done ................as well as thyroid exam which both have come back normal. I have also had an EKG and the results there were fine as well. " Don't count on it ... it is missed more than found. The most common cause of anxiety disorders is thyroid disease. Most all in the mental health field have learned to have this THOROUGHLY tested 1st. There are so many other possible symptoms as well .. extreme fatigue, overall body pain, brain fog, confusion, etc etc etc.

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon…
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/b…

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

  12. QUESTION:
    Hard Pregnancy? Harder Delivery?
    My pregnancy started out normal, no complications, nothing. The further into the months I got though, the more that changed. Around the time I was six months along I began having back pains to the point that I was nearly crying in hysterics, nothing relieved it. It usually followed my entire right leg losing feeling or twitching to the point that my whole body shook and the up part of my leg, near my hip, would feel like how my back would feel not long after it stopped. I found at times I couldn't place any weight on that leg or it would randomly just give out on me, but my doctor said it was all just a pinched nerve from the baby's movements and to not worry about it. She said it would come and go every now and then during the few months I had left, but it didn't "come and go"; it was a daily occurrence that could last from a few minutes to a few hours. My husband and I had one major concern above all the others though, that my pelvic was going to be too small. My doctor also said that I wasn't to worry about that because it was highly unlikely no matter what physical size I was, my next appointment was with her associate and my mother came with me, once more voicing our concerns. She said size wasn't a big factor, there her own best friend was 5'6" and had too small a pelvic while she herself had no issues, she wondered if my size was the only reason I was worried, but I said it wasn't and explained a few things to her. I am barely 5'1", my husband is 6'2, almost 6'3". big babies run in both of our families. This was proven by my last ultra-sound that said my baby was going to be around 11 pounds if I was aloud to go to term. I was induced the moment I hit the safe point to keep that from happening, but up until that point I would have random severe contractions that were less than three minutes a part. I also spent that last two months of my pregnancy with my hands, legs, and feet so swollen I rarely ever had any circulation, my legs and feet were always purple, I tested negative to toxemia though so that wasn't it. Even though my blood-pressure was constantly through the roof, though my doctor said that wasn't anything to worry about either. There is a jell they they give you to help your cervix loosen before giving you the drip, it wasn't even a half an hour later that I literally felt and heard my water brake. It felt like a crunching sensation before all of the fluid just flowed out, within a matter of, no more than, 9 minutes I was in excruciating pain, I felt like someone was ripping me apart from the inside. At that moment I was completely natural, they rushed in an epidural in for me because the pain had me screaming. Even once it had all settled in, I was still in a great deal of pain even though the nurse said that I shouldn't be feeling more than a small bit of discomfort. I was completely dilated 20 minutes later, they quickly had me ready to go and had me pushing, setting me up for my doctor. With a few minutes the nurse was confused and worried, now, I've heard of Shoulder Dystocia, but this wasn't it. My son's shoulder wasn't stuck behind my pelvic, his head was. The nurse called my doctor asking what she wanted them to do and she said to simply have me keep pushing, I pushed for over an hour before my son's head finally moved past my pelvic, during this time the nurse had made several calls to the doctor in worry, but each time she gave the same answer. The moment his head was free the doctor was called again to come in and finish the delivery, she arrived only to be informed my son's body was now stuck behind my pelvic, he wasn't moving forward or back. After another hour of trying, and suffering from a severe rip from my doctor, my son, still hadn't moved. During a push my doctor finally took notice that my son was wrapped in the umbilical cord; that moment she told me to stop pushing, reached in, and physically pulled my son out. He didn't cry. He was born almost completely purple, his entire head was one large black and blue bruise and coned, his right arm almost completely unresponsive. They did get him breathing, but the head Pediatrics Doctor came in to look at him after hearing of the problems and started yelling about stupidity not long after seeing him; my son spent the next week in the NICU. I was told that by time six weeks was up, I should be almost completely healed and have no discomfort from walking or moving. That didn't happen, for the next three months I had issues moving from the chair in my room to the bathroom less than five steps away; I tried going out to walmart with my mother, sister and husband around the time I shouldn't have had trouble walking. 10 minutes in I felt like I was in labor again, before they gave me the epidural, except I was also on fire. This didn't stop, and my strength didn't completely return until almost a full
    My son was born 8 lbs 6.5 oz and 20 3/4 in long.

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  13. QUESTION:
    symptoms (time to be a hypochondriac again)?
    I sometimes get frustrated with my body and I feel the need to ask what is up. This may just be a sort of hypochondriac indulgence, but here's what I'd complain about:

    BEHAVIOR/BRAIN/MIND STUFF:
    -mood swings, depression, inability to cope with stress well
    -trouble focusing, hearing words, sometimes forming words to speak
    -fuzzy-brained, forgetfulness, inability to organize thoughts or information
    -fatigue, dizziness, motion sickness
    -really bad headaches where head feels like it is in a vice, intense pressure
    -sudden, random nausea, or thirst
    -moments where vision is blurred, or a "piece" or chunk of vision is missing or static-y, like static on an old television
    -erratic sleep cycles and eating cycles
    -what seem like inappropriate responses to stimuli (i.e. feeling extremely "turned on" at seemingly random times, or adversely, feeling very numb or apathetic)
    -increased sensitivity (sudden urge to laugh or cry in a very exaggerated fashion)
    -sensitivity to painkillers and other meds (they alter my cognitive function very easily, and some make me pass out extremely easily)

    SKIN STUFF:
    -sudden cool/hot, flushed/clammy feeling on skin (sometimes hits like waves or ripples)
    -feelings of pressure in spots, as if invisible hands are pressing/poking against skin
    -occasional flare ups of whelps, like hives or some other allergic reaction
    -constant red spots along upper arms on both sides (mother and brother also have these to a lesser extent), sometimes cheeks, very occasionally chest and tops of thighs... sometimes gets worse to the point of being rashy, bumpy and scabby

    OTHER BODY STUFF
    -partial adontia: 9 adult teeth never formed or developed and so they are missing
    -smaller than normal veins
    -pain in joints, subsides, then flares up again
    -hands and feet get colder than rest of body, and easily
    -hirsuteness
    -stiffness, soreness ("got hit by a truck" feeling)
    -occasional muscle spasms, tremors
    -I'm usually stronger than what most people think for my size, level of fitness, unless I'm having a fit that makes me feel very, very weak
    -sudden intense need to urinate
    -sometimes a scratchy feeling in throat/chest, like hairs have been inhaled (constant need to cough or clear throat)
    -random, sharp pains lasting a few seconds to several minutes in certain spots around the body, sometimes as a "stabbing sensation" and sometimes more like getting electrocuted (example of places this occurs: glands just below ears, tops of thighs, ribcage, space between thumb and forefinger, back of elbows, eyeballs, and sometimes if feels like a fissure of crack running down the side/front/back of the head/face)
    -a spot in the left shoulder blade that feels like an old bee sting, sometimes feels very numb, sometimes burns and aches, and sometimes the pain spreads into the arm... this spot developed in late adolescence and has gradually gotten more pronounced over the years... stress and long-term sitting makes it worse
    -I get sick easily and for long periods of time (especially respiratory tract infections and stomach viruses), two years ago I got pneumonia, and two years before that I had such a sudden and severe bladder infection that I went from being perfectly okay to peeing what looked like pure blood within six hours of onset
    -random weight gain/loss
    -as a kid, had a period of time between the age of 1-6 in which I got very often violently ill to my stomach, and had to go to the hospital many times for severe dehydration... eventually the doctors determined this was because of delayed stomach emptying
    -was put on birth control between the ages of 12-15 because of severe, painful, and irregular periods
    -still have irregularity in menstruation cycles, sometimes not getting periods at all
    -sensitivity to grease, chemicals, certain fatty substances in food or household cleaning agents (nausea, whelps)

    doctors have tested some things already...
    -BLOOD WORK: naturally chronically low vitamin B and D levels (from many blood tests over the years) and always a slightly elevated white blood cell count, hormonal imbalances often seen in PCOS
    -tested for lupus, results negative
    -some doctors suggested fibromyaglia

    FAMILY HISTORY:
    -depression, bipolar disorder, A.D.D. common in family
    -brother diagnosed with autism
    -mother had gestational diabetes when pregnant with brother
    -both parents have diabetes now (50% of grandparents had it, too)
    -heart disease, obesity common
    -hormonal imbalances, partial infertility and hirsuteness in mother
    -digestive issues also common on mother's side

    If this sounds like anything you might know, please let me know. I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you need tested THOROUGHLY for thyroid disease. INSIST they check Antibodies as well as TSH.

      God bless you

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