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I'm not a hypochondriac, nor am I crazy!!

For the last two years I've been experiencing excruciating headaches and muscle pain/stiffness. My endocrinologist, diabetic educator, general practitioner, physical therapist, etc. were not able to find solutions to these recurring problems.

After reading some of the stories posted here, I'm feeling relieved that I'm not a hypochondriac, nor am I crazy! For the last two years I've been experiencing excruciating headaches and muscle pain/stiffness, all thought to be related to my pre-existing diabetes. After all this time I realized that I had to begin investigating this on my own since my endocrinologist, diabetic educator, general practitioner, physical therapist, etc. were not able to find solutions to these recurring problems. Especially when, according to all my tests, my diabetes is well controlled - including thrice daily blood testing and well-balanced diet.

These are my symptoms that last a total of 2 weeks before, during & after each period.

a) severe headaches
b) dehydration/heavy bleeding and clots - 7-8 days
c) haggard face
d) nausea
e) muscle aches/pain/stiffness
f) night sweats
g) cold hands
h) noise in ears - not ringing
i) dizziness - when standing up
j) problems sleeping
k) fatigue

These symptoms last a total of 2 weeks before, during and after period has ended. I generally spend those 2 weeks lying on the couch drinking 6-8 bottles of water daily, consuming aspirin, muscle relaxants, etc. The worst are the headaches and the muscle pain/stiffness throughout the body. Today I am close to the end of my period, so the only pain I am experiencing is in my left shoulder, left side of neck, left side of head and slight swelling of left side of collar bone. Two of my doctors are adamant that it is bursitis, but it only occurs during my period.

I would love to exercise more, however given that I have about 1 1/2 good weeks out of a month and once the muscle stiffness sets in I'm in screaming pain just stretching and/or having a warm shower massage. I do have bouts of anxiety but it is always overcome by the enormous amount of energy I concentrate into finding a way to get off the couch with as few tears as possible.

Anyway, on with my search for relief! Good luck to all of you on that path.

Elisa

 

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Updated  05/15/2010