Undiagnosed Joint Pain on Left Side Only
By May 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm 10,430 5 4
I have been experiencing pain in the joints on the left side of my body on and off for over a year and a half. It started with a few days of moderate pain in my left hip, left knee, and left ankle, which would sometimes extend to my left shoulder, left elbow, and left wrist. It would only last a few days and then disappear for several weeks. Since the end of January (2011), the pain has become constant and severe, in all of my left joints. I have a high ANA, but have been told I do not have lupus or RA, based on the lack of inflammation markers. I have had every test under the sun. The only somewhat interesting results: elevated copper, high serum oxalate, and unexplained dramatic changes in my cortisol levels (200% changes without corticosteroids). My brain MRI is clean. However, I have an intense pressure on the back of the RIGHT part of my head that does not respond to the heavy narcotic pain medications I am prescribed for my severe and debilitating joint pain.
Does anyone have any similar symptoms, stories, or perhaps even a diagnosis? I welcome ANY advice or comments!!
Thank you all,