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Help: Dx me, need to know which Dr to see? (Long Post)


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#1 CamLeon

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 11:09 AM

I don't have insurance, but I've saved some money up to pay out of pocket (USA). I need recommendations on who I should take this to. I don't have much money to see a GP>Specialist>Testing, ect. I need to be very calculated, so I don't waste my time. 

 

I've always been prone to these physical pains. I call it "The Dots" because it feels like I am covered with a polka-dot pattern of pain. The pains can be in my joints, my muscles, and they throb. It will come and go in a day, but has never lasted more than a few hrs at a time. I've had it for years. I just chalked it up to anxiety and depression making a physical appearance; maybe nerve damage from OD attempts. They happen whenever, but seem to get better when I am actively lifting and training in Kung Fu. 

 

Starting end of June, I noticed my left hip hurt. It was different than "The Dots" because it was hot and only when I moved too quick. Then my left knee started aching. My ankle was swollen after, but no pain. My foot and my forearms ached at night with the throbbing pain. Yesterday, I experienced the worst attack of pain. It put me to tears and I had to ride it out. My whole body throbbed and ached. I woke up today much better, but weary of a pain flare up again.

 

Hidden is a full explanation of the June/July pains, with dates and pain levels:

 

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If you could diagnose me, where would you start? Who should I see about this pain?

 

I am also taking any recommendations on dealing with the pain; I will be desperate if this happens again ( am really worried it will). 

 

 


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#2 YenneferOfVengerberg

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 01:29 PM

kinda sounds like you have a blood clot, which ER would handle. I'd go there if your pain gets to be excruciating again or if you feel a hot area. your pain is kind of all over the place and sounds mostly joint related otherwise, I'd go to just a normal doctor for that and be VERY CLEAR about the amount of pain you're in.. don't let them brush it off. maybe urgent care would be a good idea, a little more affordable and if they believe it's a blood clot they'll refer you to the ER.


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Posted 09 July 2020 - 03:10 PM

kinda sounds like you have a blood clot, which ER would handle. I'd go there if your pain gets to be excruciating again or if you feel a hot area. your pain is kind of all over the place and sounds mostly joint related otherwise, I'd go to just a normal doctor for that and be VERY CLEAR about the amount of pain you're in.. don't let them brush it off. maybe urgent care would be a good idea, a little more affordable and if they believe it's a blood clot they'll refer you to the ER.

 

Ohh. A blood clot. I did not consider that. 

 

So, non emergency, I could go to a typical Primary Care Physician and be very vocal (annoying, lol) about my pain? 


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Posted 09 July 2020 - 04:07 PM

Totally grasping at straws here, but rheumatoid arthritis? Or something else autoimmune? Maybe see a rheumatologist?


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Posted 09 July 2020 - 05:58 PM

Totally grasping at straws here, but rheumatoid arthritis? Or something else autoimmune? Maybe see a rheumatologist?


I lack the RA rash.
But autoimmune could be a good point!
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Posted 14 July 2020 - 06:59 PM

I would start with a primary care doctor. If you have limited funds and are paying out of pocket, let them know. They may be able to prioritize testing as opposed to doing a complete work up of things that are unlikely. Unfortunately, unlikely things are still possible, but that’s a road to go down later.

Sudden extreme pain with no known cause is a reason to seek emergency medical care if it happens again. They will evaluate you for immediate (life or limb threatening) conditions. If those are not diagnosed, you would likely be sent back for follow up with a primary care doctor or neurologist/rheumatologist/etc depending on possible results from the acute testing and examination. If it is something that is chronic (like an autoimmune condition) it is unlikely that the testing conducted in an emergency setting would reveal it, at least within the time frame of that visit.

Hope this helps and that you can feel better soon!


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