Yesterday I saw the doctor about the strange pain in my joints. After listing a bunch of things she hoped not to find, and giving me a stack of prescriptions to try, the sent me to the vampire who took 6 vials of blood! Some of the the things they are hoping to rule out are lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. My first cousin has lupus, and my maternal grandma had RA.
Today I'm feeling much better. If I squeeze a tight fist, it hurts, but writing and typing have not been a problem today. And the knee pain has been gone a couple of days.
One thing I have definitely gotten out of this experience is empathy and compassion for people (like my husband) who life with chronic pain. After just a few days I was feeling pretty bad. I can't imagine having that level of pain every day.