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spine pain expanding to all joints

stefsjsstefsj Posts: 2
edited 01/03/2016 - 9:23 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical

A year ago, my wife was sweating 2-3 nights straight and one morning after sharply turning left she had sharp pain in the neck. Having such issues before myself, I thought it would go away but no. In a month the pain became severe and calmed down with ibuprofen for few days. X ray showed nothing. Next 7 months pain was numb around 2-3 of 10 but when stress or no sleep came up increased. 2 months ago one morning her hand joints hurt and were swallen. Same happened with legs in couple of days as well as eye. Mostly on right side for all. All symptoms pointed to autoimmune desease. Went to rheumatologist and she was very unhappy when Avise CTD restls came negative for rhematoid and lupus saying she can't help. But back on drawing board. Had MRI done shoeing minor bulging of 3-4 and 5-6. Forming stenosis, but not alarming based on the report. Waiting on Orthopedic appt. Met with unconventional doctor and she said lymes. But tonight after putting a lot of pressure on her neck, she felt tingling on Left leg between knee and ankle. Its a first and I don't know if this does mean some pintched nerve even though the Mri didn't show any. Losing hope here and no indication of cause. Changed diet to paleo but no much luck. Any ideas? Trying to figure this out before the pain to become severe.
Thank you in advance!

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 01/04/2016 - 11:21 PM
    It is good your wife is doing follow up with doctors.

    My primary doctor tried working with my pain for about two years before referring me to pain management specialist.
    Best thing for me!

    He took a look at my previous testing CDs...not just reading the impressions.
    He did variety of testing that I never heard of before and was able to find more specific spinal issues.
    Then he was able to come up with plans for my care and lessening of my pain.

    It a little trial and try again when looking for cause and treatment, but there is always hope!
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  • stefsjsstefsj Posts: 2
    edited 01/19/2016 - 11:29 AM
    So we went to the orthopedic dr and he said the neck and back pain is from the bulging discs. But overall recommended to go to another rheumatologist. Frustrating. The pain management dr wasn't even suggested by her personal physician. Doing more blood tests but no diagnosis and the physical therapy that the orthopedic suggested is not helping. Nobody seems to be able to connect the dots and starting over with new primary physician seems to be only option. Very lost.
  • Some doctors say small bulge, some say herniated disk, either way it is constantly putting pressure on the nerve(s) and causes pain. Severe pain is not uncommon and numbness, tingling and swelling of joints can be either directly related or the result of continious progression of your wifes condition. You have to be an advocate for her because many doctors and other people in the field of medicine just don't understand or relate to the numerous complications and factors involved with each individuals situation. Push for care and results. If you are not satisfied, push harder!
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 01/22/2016 - 10:07 AM
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