Hello, I am a newbie to this forum, but read your story and I can so relate to your health issues. Like you, I recently had a thyroid biopsy and it was benign (thank God!). I also have had issues with muscle knotting and spasms, joint pain and overall flu like symptoms which started in 2003. I have spent the last two days in bed writhing in pain and suffering from complete exhaustion. I have had a relatively good last few weeks, but now I am so sick. I can’t take tramadol because it makes me throw up. I only can take the max dosage of ibupofen. I have never had red spots on my joints, however. I do undersand and empathize with your pain. Pain is invisible. No one truly can understand how you are feeling. I just received the news from a second doctor I have dystonia. I am so weak I couldn’t pick up a cleaning bucket today. I have fibromyalgia, IBS with chronic constipation, migraines, continual hair loss,brain fog and memory trouble. All brain MRI and blood work turn up nothing. Now that my body is distorted and leans to the right side people notice and they seem to understand more about how much pain I am in. I am trying so hard to stay positive. So should you! Let’s think of it not as an illness, but as a temporary medical crisis. Tryt taking warm baths with epsom salts and lavender and rosemary essential oils. This helps me the most. The oils are anti-inflammatory. You can soak your whole head, too. It’s very good for the hair and smells so wonderful. Put on some music, light some candles and you will relax and get some relief. Best healing wishes, my new friend.