I am new posting here, but I have been reading the forums for about 6 months or so. Like many people, I have relied on doctors to help me, which has gotten me nowhere. I have worked in the medical field for about 10 years typing patients' reports, and I have noticed that doctors don't really cure many people and sometimes make things worse. So here is my story.
About 5 years ago I started having severe muscle pain in my midthigh area. I would get panic attacks, foot pain, and ankle swelling. Not to mention the severe fatigue and depression that comes and goes for years. I went to my family physician and poured out my heart, telling him everything that is going on. At first he put me on antidepressants, then drew some lab work. He noticed my CPK-mm (skeletal muscle enzyme) was extremely high, close to 2,000. The normal value is less than 145 for women. He then sent me to a rheumatologist as he believed I had something going on with my muscles.
The rheumatologist ran more labs, did her physical exam and tested my strength. While I saw her, she put me on a variety of medications including prednisone and methotrexate (a chemo drug) to name a couple. She then had me giving myself injections of methotrexate, which was the hardest thing ever. I hate needles and poking myself wasn't the best experience.
After no progress and only feeling worse, she sent me to a neuromuscular specialist. He did tests on me including an EMG/Nerve Conduction Velocity Study. Those studies hurt like hell by the way. He decided to do a muscle biopsy on my arm, and I thought the EMG/NCS hurt! He said there would only be a scar of about 1-1/2 inches...wrong! More likea 3-inch scar with some keloid formation. My results came back, so I went back to his office. He said I had slight muscle inflammation and gave me a diagnosis of polymyositis. Polymyositis is a muscle disease of the skeletal muscles and causes difficulty swallowing and muscle deterioration. I didn't have any trouble swallowing or severe weakness until later in my treatment, so I'm not sure how he made this diagnosis.
So back and forth I went to my rheumatologist and this neuromuscular doctor taking my medications like a good patient. One day I went in to see my neuromuscular doctor again and he said he wanted me to get a thigh biopsy. That is what did it for me, but first he wanted me to get an MRI on my leg. I took my lab orders and thought to myself that there was no way in hell I was going through that again. I wouldn't be able to walk for probably a week. That in itself would probably make me weak to the point of being immobile permanently. So I said no more of this, stopped my medications, and quit going. I started getting my strength back and felt a little better.
I went on with my life, got a new job and started working out and dieting. That was almost three years ago. Recently I started gaining weight again, and I don't stray from my diet often. I admit, I do need to work out more often, but I have such extreme fatigue at the end of the day, and my morning work schedule just doesn't allow any time.
Finally about 2 weeks ago I dropped the ball and purchased Humaworm after feeling like I was going to die! I received it last week and have been debating with myself on when I should start. I took 2 pills last night, and let me tell ya, I shoulda started last week!
Within 2 hours of taking 2 pills and eating, it was time! I had no idea I would have this stuff come out of me so fast. I had worms, red sticks, and bubbly-egg-looking things! I found something that looks like a leaf...which I read and looked at pictures, and I think it is a liver fluke. I can't express how happy I am to see this stuff coming out of me. Yes, weird I know, but I know it explains most if not all of my symptoms. I'll try to post a picture that I took. Anyone have any ideas on what they are?