• FindPainRelief FindPainRelief
    June 11, 2009
    Low Blood Pressure, chronic fatigue/joint pain: PLEASE HELP
    FindPainRelief FindPainRelief
    June 11, 2009

    I have a history of an MVA -- chronic neck pain. Over the last few years, my health problems have included: severe joint pain: wrist, hips, neck, and low back. Extreme fatigue, and low bp recently has landed me at the ER on more than one occasion from fainting while grocery shopping, or outside gardening. I was also hospitalized for chest pain a few months back. now, Im so tired I don't want to get out of bed. The doctor ran initial blood test and the only thing that jumped out at her was my cholesterol.

    I was bitten by tics last summer, we had a real bad tic problem and I can't seem to stay in doors when it’s warm. I don't know if the tics have anything to do with my increased health problems, or that I simply need more vitamins/exercise. The fainting is becoming more often, and scary.

     

    Do you have any suggestions? Or, could all of the symptoms be related in some way? I guess I don't know the exact question to ask. I'm just a bit concerned about the dizzyness and extreme fatique. I'm 37 years old and should be more healthy. Thank you for your suggestions.

     

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  • Cort
    Health Guide
    June 12, 2009
    Cort
    Health Guide
    June 11, 2009

    Has your doctor done a tilt table test on you? Have you been tested for orthostatic intolerance? Orthostatic intolerance refers to having difficulty standing up without feeling dizzy or fatigued or nauseousor a whole host of other symptoms.In the tilt table test you are tilted upwards on a  board and your blood pressure,heart rate, and other vital signs are measured. Orthostatic intolerance is not unusual in chronic fatigue syndrome. It's definitely something to ask your physician about. Unfortunately many physicians are not aware of it

     

    For more information on orthostatic intolerance: http://aboutmecfs.org/Trt/TrtOIIntro.aspx

     

    Good luck!

  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    June 12, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    June 11, 2009

    Because of the tick problem and the symptoms you describe, I would suggest having your doctor test you for Lyme Disease.  Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose accruately and it is often misdiagnosed as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, or ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome).  Unfortunately, the two-part tests most often used for diagnosis are not always that accurate.  From what I've read, the Lyme Antigen Test seems to give more accurate results.  Here is a link to the company that does the Lyme Antigen Test if your doctor is willing to use that test:  http://centralfloridaresearch.com/lab2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=58

     

    Here is a link to a very good informational article about Lyme disease:  Lyme Disease & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  Although it talks about Lyme disease in the UK, most of the article is applicable to Lyme disease anywhere.

     

    Additional info on Lyme disease:

     

    CDC's Lyme Disease site

     

    American Lyme Disease Foundation


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  • koel October 09, 2009
    koel
    June 11, 2009

    chronic pain, severe fatigue, stiff joints and muscles.very constant low blood pressure. obese due to immobility due to pain.using eltroxin and venlor and HRT.Ahe 50.Condition over long time.Can it be yuppie flu or FM?

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