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#1 Bunky

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:14 PM

A few months ago I started having intermittent shooting pains in my right ankle. This is a new type of pain for me. If you have ever had a blood gas taken from an artery, that is what it feels like. Very sharp, defined, shooting pain. I would get it every now and then, sometimes when I'd be having a Raynauds attack (it's always worse in my right foot). Now I've been getting the same type of pain in my some other joints--knee, elbows, wrists, fingers. And I've been having them much more often. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this, or if I'm just a freak like my family would say (lovingly, of course). It seems different from the joint and body aching from fibro. Any info would be appreciated.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 11:19 PM

Bunky, does it feel like growing pains?

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#3 Bunky

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 05:33 AM

Hello Celia,

Well its been a long time since I had growing pains, but this is different than anything I remember. The pains cover a small, very defined, shooting area deep inside the joints, usually last only a few seconds to a few minutes, and then move to another joint. Very weird.

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:40 AM

Yes, I have had these. My sclero started as peripheral neuropathy and then developed into stabbing nerve pain. It was like I was being stabbed from the inside out and it would be anywhere throughout my body. I never knew where it was going to hit. The pain is sharp and hurts. At the time I was on neurotin and lyrica and this was before they finally figured out I had systemic sclero with Sjogren's and Raynauds. I see my neurologist again in June as he keeps on top of how much damage to my muscles is being done by the peripheral neuropathy. I can honestly say I'm not sure if I have these anymore as my muscle pain is now managed with a pain patch that I wear that keeps all pain at bay thank heavens. I hope this helps.

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:37 PM

I have suffered growing pains all of my life, I mainly get them in the legs and when It comes on it is sudden and the pain is relentless unless I take a pain killer.
I'm sure though that what I have is probably not growing pains, I can't grow any more only wider :lol: .

I do also get Sciatica pain and that pain is similar to what you describe Bunky. The only thing though with Sciatica pain is sometimes I can't move it's like being paralysed in your legs and it is very painful to sit down or walk

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:51 AM

Thank you Celia and Peggy,
I found out what was causing it all. I was low on Potassium. It made my blood pressure shoot up very high, so I finally went to the dr. They put me on a blood pressure med that I had a very bad reaction to, and ended up in the emergency room last night. That's where they discovered I was low on Potassium, gave me a pill, and the pains are gone! Now I just have to live through the yucky B.P. drug reaction. They say it will be out of my system by Friday afternoon. Thanks for all your help,

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 12:09 PM

Bunky, I am so happy you found out what was causing all your symptoms. Funny how something like low potassium can cause all those pains. Eat lots of bananas and broccoli. If you like broccoli it provides a great amount of potassium. I don't eat bananas so I go for other sources of potassium. Thank you, for letting us know what the hospital found out for you. No telling how long it would have taken your doctor to find out and how many office visits.
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Posted 25 April 2008 - 10:18 AM

Bunky, it's so good that you have found a solution that will work....I had no idea low on potassium could do that. Take care!
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 05:08 AM

I'm glad you found out what was causing it. It's amazing how our bodies react to things. It's comforting to know that you were able to get such good answers at the emergency room as I haven't always had that happen. So glad you are free of this pain!

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 08:26 AM

Bunky,
I am so sorry you ended up in the ER, but had it not been for that, you may not have found out what was going on.

I am relieved... for you, that you are going to be feeling better... WHEW :P !

Years ago, my dad was found to be low on potassium too. The cause: He LOVED black licorice and ate ALOT of it... as a result, it brought his potassium level down so much, thata he passed out and, like you, ended up in the ER.

Thankfully, the discovery was made... inboth of your cases!

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 02:45 AM

Hi Peggy
I'm Gladys and suffered from Scleredema of Bushke, active Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjoren's disease too. I have sleepless nights and in constant pain. My hands get numb mostly at night and I wake up unconsciously and rub them to get rid of the numbness. Do you have the same systoms? Before I was diadnosed with Scleredema the doctor thought that I have localised Scleroderma. I do hope you get better. I also I'm constantly n pain. Yesterday, my finger, the middle one on the right hand was very painful but what I can't understand, it was a bright and sunny day. Normally when it's damp and cold, this is when the pain is at its worse. Hope to hear from you soon. Have a nice sunday

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:58 AM

Hi,
Sheryl, I know what you mean about not eating bananas. I don't eat uncooked banana anymore or I get extremely painful stomach reation from them. It might be associated with my latex allergy. I looked it up after one of the kids I was substitute teaching said his aunt was told not to eat bananas if she was allergic to latex.

They are in the same "family" and can cause similar reations. Unfortunately, many other fruits and vegetables are also in the same type of classification. So far, only bananas give me the serious reaction - instant bloating and gas pains, then cramping in my intestines for a few hours. I found out the hard way by eating a banana on an empty stomach once at work. I almost went home!

I'm glad to know that there are other sources of potassium that work. Broccoli is still okay for me.

Thanks.

Mando.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:29 AM

Mando, You hit the nail on the head. Exactly the pain I get when I try a couple of bites of banana. I have tried to eat them off and on since I was a teen. Never could stomach them. I didn't know about the Latex allergies though. I never have gone to an allergist. Too many doctors at this point, I don't relish adding another one.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 09:28 AM

Yes, I know that banana pain, well. Funny thing is they never bothered me before I was sick. I used to eat a banana every day in my cereal.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:28 PM

Bananas bother me too! I love them and used to be able to eat them at any time or day. Now it's iffy. Sometimes they bother me and sometimes they don't. I never know until I eat one. It's easier just to avoid them.

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 02:27 AM

Very interesting.... Bananas causing problems for many of us.

Boy, I sure wasn't typing very good in my last post. It is weird that bananas cause the same type of reaction in us. I first had problems with bananas about the same time I noticed that my eyes were getting extremely dry.

My allergies to latex are contact dermatitis. I figure it is exposure to so much latex in contraception that caused my allergy (diaphram).

I seem to be getting more and more allergies as I get older. Could it be the immune system on the attack?