I used to love that segment from NFL football when I was a kid. Here's your chance to make the call of what is wrong with me (not the usual things - this is a medical issue!).
A little known fact about me - I live in mortal dread that people think I am making up pain. I think it goes back to when I was in high school and had sporadic pain in my kidney, and for two years we went to doctors who told us nothing was wrong, until finally one figured out that I had a bum kidney. While I was relieved to find the problem, that episode taught me that people basically think I am faking it when I say I am in pain. Ask Vanessa how many times I have told her, "I am not making this up."
Without any further ado ...
Here is a picture of my swollen feet and ankles (and this isn't even as bad as it has been).
I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, and here is what I am going to tell him:
- Several months ago, I developed a pea-sized nodule on the side of my right heel. It only hurts if you push on it.
- A couple of months ago, my heels started hurting. I thought it was because I was on my feet so much at work, so I have tried different insoles, and even went so far as buying new shoes that would provide more support.
- About a month ago, my left ankle started swelling. And a week or two after that, my right ankle started swelling. The pain in my ankles is pretty bad. There are occasional "hot spots" on my feet that burn.
- Then my knees began to ache and swell. Last night, I noticed another little nodule on my right knee.
- In addition to all of this, I have been extremely cold. Like outside in hundred-degree weather, I am wearing a sweatshirt cold.
- I also have some lower back and wrist pain that would probably be more noticeable if my feet and knees didn't feel so badly.
- The pain is at its worst when I get out of bed or up from a chair after sitting for a while. It subsides a bit when I have been moving around for a while, and I was able to completely block it out at Vintage last week.
I feel like an old man.
You make the call. What is wrong with me?