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Aug 12, 2015 · I am a 28 year old male. I have always had problems with stiffness in the joints. in Men's Health


I am a 28 year old male. I have always had problems with stiffness in the joints. I used to to Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and even though I stretched every day I never became flexible. Even as a child I was never able to sit Indian Style. I have also always had stomach issues. Anything I eat never sits right. I always end up bloated which also produces flatulence. I was diagnosed with HPV when I was 22 or 23, I can’t quite remember the year it happened. The reason I found out was because I noticed what looked like a small wart growing slightly above the shaft of my penis, and went to a doctor who diagnosed me. I ended up finding out who gave it to me and she told me that she had also received a diagnosis shortly after I found out about mine because she had a pap test. She ended up going back to the doctor a year later and she stated that the Doctor told her the HPV just disappeared. To this day I still have warts and cannot get rid of them.

Over the years my food intolerances, mind cloudiness, anxiety, and stiffness in the joints has only gotten worse. I have also developed impotence. My joints are so bad that I cannot sit down correctly and I cannot bend down to touch my toes. I had a car accident that could have contributed to my hip pain but all my joints pop loudly all the time (My knees are the worst).

For some reason I feel like all those things are connected and are being cause by the same thing. I don’t understand why I would still have the warts if the girl that gave them to me says she is cleared. I know that if the HPV was cancerous i’d probably already be dead by now.

I finally ended up going to a PCP and requested that I have some bloodwork for a possible thyroid issue. He reluctantly ordered me a COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL and a TSH test. He was reluctant because he says I am too young and look too healthy to have anything like that. I would like to point out that I take really good care of myself. I workout 5 times a week and have a healthy diet; additionally, I don’t do drugs or smoke. Here are my lab results, I am hoping someone can lead me in the right direction (Please note my TSH level was 3.29):

GLUCOSE 82 65-99 mg/dL

Fasting reference interval

UREA NITROGEN (BUN) 16 7-25 mg/dL
CREATININE 0.91 0.60-1.35 mg/dL
eGFR NON-AFR. AMERICAN 114 > OR = 60 mL/min/1.73m2
eGFR AFRICAN AMERICAN 132 > OR = 60 mL/min/1.73m2
SODIUM 137 135-146 mmol/L
POTASSIUM 4.0 3.5-5.3 mmol/L
CHLORIDE 103 98-110 mmol/L
CARBON DIOXIDE 24 19-30 mmol/L
CALCIUM 9.3 8.6-10.3 mg/dL
PROTEIN, TOTAL 7.3 6.1-8.1 g/dL
ALBUMIN 4.6 3.6-5.1 g/dL
GLOBULIN 2.7 1.9-3.7 g/dL (calc)
ALBUMIN/GLOBULIN RATIO 1.7 1.0-2.5 (calc)
BILIRUBIN, TOTAL 0.3 0.2-1.2 mg/dL
AST 16 10-40 U/L
ALT 12 9-46 U/L
WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT 6.0 3.8-10.8 Thousand/uL
RED BLOOD CELL COUNT 4.53 4.20-5.80 Million/uL
HEMOGLOBIN 14.1 13.2-17.1 g/dL
HEMATOCRIT 42.8 38.5-50.0 %
MCV 94.4 80.0-100.0 fL
MCH 31.1 27.0-33.0 pg
MCHC 32.9 32.0-36.0 g/dL
RDW 13.6 11.0-15.0 %
PLATELET COUNT 190 140-400 Thousand/uL
MPV 8.8 7.5-11.5 fL
ABSOLUTE NEUTROPHILS 2262 1500-7800 cells/uL
ABSOLUTE LYMPHOCYTES 3036 850-3900 cells/uL
ABSOLUTE MONOCYTES 504 200-950 cells/uL
ABSOLUTE EOSINOPHILS 186 15-500 cells/uL
ABSOLUTE BASOPHILS 12 0-200 cells/uL
TSH 3.29 0.40-4.50 mIU/L