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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Because the Internet Is the Place for Doctoring

Posted by on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 1:59 PM

For the last two days, I've had something very strange going on: I'm weak. I'm also sore. I'm sore everywhere except the usual places I'm sore when I get a cold or flu (throat, headache, stomachache—all these are absent). My scalp is sore. My legs feel bruised. Everywhere. My arms are sore. The bottoms of my feet are sometimes sore when I step on them. Occasionally, I feel like my knees are going to buckle, like in the shower just now. The Jeffry Mitchell art catalog I'm trying to finish gets heavy to hold.

This is unnerving.

Yes, I have an appointment with the doctor for tomorrow morning. But until then I am trying not to be swallowed by Internet self-diagnosing (although I have already seen some references to fibromyalgia, anemia, and things I don't want to type), especially because I'm sure that there will come that embarrassing moment when I find out that it's essentially a passing nothing, one of those things they'd note if there was a user's manual for a human body as "unexplainable, harmless, temporary, moving on." A glitch. Those have happened to be before, too.

Tell me I'm just glitchy, please.


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It sounds like you have the flu. You know, that annual disease that tends to get passed around this time of year? You need to go home and rest, not waste your money with a doctor who is going to tell you basically the same thing.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on December 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM · Report this
Sounds like mono, except you're not 15. If you have a primary care doctor, you could call them now so they can tell you to come if if you're still achey in a week.
Posted by Orsh on December 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM · Report this
I'm so glad that you wrote this. I've felt this way for about a week or two at this point, and I haven't been getting better - I figured it was related to when I fell down the stairs and had to go to the hospital about a month ago, but the fact that I'm exhausted, I feel bruised, and sore all over has been freaking me out (I've got a neurological disorder! Or cystic fibrosis!! Or I've caught a thyroid disorder!!! Or AIDS!!!!) and I've been trying to ride it out, but I think I'll go to the doctor for my own piece of mind. I've assumed it was a glitch and that I'd get better, but I'd much rather have a doctor tell me that than me freaking out about it as time goes on and I still feel awful.
Posted by kylerm on December 11, 2012 at 11:45 PM · Report this
Girl, you've got The Virus.
Posted by SEANIEPANTS on December 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM · Report this
Sounds like Flu.
Stay in bed, stay hydrated, eat, sleep, watch movies, don't worry.
I'm sorry to know you're sick, and I hope you're feeling much better real soon.
Posted by Fire Chief on December 11, 2012 at 8:15 PM · Report this
I prescribe medical marijuana
Posted by ProstSeattle on December 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM · Report this
Rhett Oracle 33
I cannot believe that among these I'm-not-a-doctor-but-I-play-one-on-TV that none have mentioned the obvious - the eponymous Graves' disease.
Posted by Rhett Oracle on December 11, 2012 at 5:12 PM · Report this
Dr. Google is a quack.
Posted by dbgill56 on December 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM · Report this
It's lupus
Posted by ziptag on December 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Drone 30
If you're looking for zebras to ask your doctor about, may I suggest Guillain–Barré syndrome? It's pretty rare, but would usually manifest as bilateral weakness that progresses over the course of days to weeks. It is in some cases accompanied by pain and/or changes in sensation (tingling or numbness).

The good news is that most people affected with GBS fully recover. The bad news is that if it starts affecting your respiratory muscles, you may need to be put on mechanical ventilation, which is serious business.

Best of luck!
Posted by Drone on December 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM · Report this
secretagent 29
Posted by secretagent on December 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 28
Maybe it's a nutritional lack of bacon?

Make sure you get it with maple syrup.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 11, 2012 at 4:09 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 27
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on December 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM · Report this
treacle 26
I'm not a doctor (but I do have these really sexy scrubs I like to wear sometimes), so I can say with authority that you are probably sick with something. Good luck.

I'd recommend chamomile tea, it has anti-viral properties you know.
Posted by treacle on December 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM · Report this
Lissa 25
Sean makes a good point, but it sounds like the flu. I mean look for horses (flu) before you assume zebras (Ebola) is what they tell you to do.
Rest and fluids, and make some one take care of you and say "There, there".
Posted by Lissa on December 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 24
@22 has a point. My dad got that. @23 is stuck on stupid and should move to MI.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 23
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on December 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM · Report this
seandr 22
Could be Lyme disease.

If the doc is stumped, you should mention that possibility as they don't see much of it around here so it might not occur to him/her. My niece in Vancouver had it for over a year before the docs finally figured it out.
Posted by seandr on December 11, 2012 at 3:22 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 21
Sounds like the early stages of Ebola Virus.
Nice knowing you.
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on December 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM · Report this
douchus 20
I can say with authority (I AM a first year medical student) that you most likely have a) diabetes, b) a broken arm, or c) an ectopic pregnancy.
Posted by douchus on December 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM · Report this
Posted by JonnoN on December 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM · Report this
blip 18
Sounds like you have the actual, literal influenza virus and not "the flu" people say they have when they just have a bad cold. I've had it twice in my life and both times I experienced the same symptoms you've just described, plus I slept for like 3 days straight. If you catch it early enough Tamiflu might help. Don't wait until tomorrow morning -- go to the dcotor now.
Posted by blip on December 11, 2012 at 3:11 PM · Report this
tainte 17
maybe it's a tumor
Posted by tainte on December 11, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Report this
drink alot of water and sleep alot, and it will go away.
Posted by natalie on December 11, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Report this
Regardless of diagnosis, sometimes these help:

If your kidneys still seem to be working, drink a quart of Gatorade or Pediolyte over a couple of hours. The electrolytes might help.

Meanwhile, make some chicken soup. Real, canned, or instant, put some onions and/or garlic in while you're cooking it. There's some anti-inflammatory properties to the stuff that might help calm things down.

Posted by Brooklyn Reader on December 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
All your white guilt is eating away at you from the inside. About time.
Posted by catsnbanjos on December 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM · Report this
JensR 13
My granddad said a few days before he died "the worse thing that can happen is death and even death has a bright side, it only happens once"... But he was screwed from the cancer.

Glitch, glitch, glitch - and then you'll pay mr Doctor good money to say "Its a small influenza thing, take this medicin. You'll be fine"

Done. Less posty-posty, more resty-resty
Posted by JensR on December 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Flu. Had an annoying bout a couple years age where I slept 18 hours a day for a few days. Just getting out of bed and walking to the living room to lay on the coach was a chore (same level, too). Never had a sore throat, nausea, headache, or anything. Just a fever, overall weakness, mild loss of appetite, and achy in random places. Finally hauled my carcass into a doctor's office after five days and she just said "it's the flu, just gotta wait it out".
Posted by Chali2Na on December 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this
I'm sure we'll see more posts like this in the future; the average age of paid staff at The Stranger is rising at about the same rate as the calendar.
Posted by robotslave on December 11, 2012 at 2:36 PM · Report this
As long as you're not also experiencing a craving for human flesh, I'm sure you'll be fine.
Posted by alight on December 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Baconcat 9
Put your hand here for a diagnosis -->
Posted by Baconcat on December 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM · Report this

Alternatively...hormones? I get bad joint pain, especially in one hip, ankle, and knee, during the second half of my cycle, and the ankle/foot that hurts also swells a lot and often during that time (but no other). I also get weird rashes or flare-ups of rashes. The only thing my doctor could figure out is that for some reason, my body is responding differently to the hormones of my menstrual cycle than it did when I was younger.
Posted by Sheryl on December 11, 2012 at 2:23 PM · Report this
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Miraculous Pregnancy
Posted by Unregistered User on December 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM · Report this

I often feel like that. Also, sometimes when you get the flu, your arms and legs and neck and shoulders get sore and not as much your head or your throat.
Posted by MLM on December 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM · Report this
I had something like this 2 weeks ago. I was weak & achy all over like I had a virus, but no other symptoms, other than what seemed like a minor sinus headache. It went away after about 2-3 days.
Posted by beaugirl on December 11, 2012 at 2:09 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
But I should say this is expected to be a year for very bad flu.

See a doctor.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 11, 2012 at 2:08 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
Or it could be a blood clot. Like, in your lungs.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
spaceapple 2
I'm sorry, I don't know. But I hope you feel better soon :)
Posted by spaceapple on December 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
Honestly, sounds like the flu. Have you been running a fever? I was once so sick with the flu in college that I couldn't walk down the four flights of stairs to my dining hall. Friends had to bring food to me for almost a week. But yes, it started with weakness and pain in the skin.
Posted by arts&letters on December 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this

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