I am new to this site which is excellent and would really appreciate any advice you can give me on my condition. I have given the details and background below but the question I really want answered is whether its possible that a really bad (and I mean bad) cold virus and associated cough that made me feel thoroughly ill throughout the whole of August and September could be the link. I have mentioned this to my doctor twice but she obviously doesn't think its the cause and so I am having to go through the NHS system at a snails pace trying to get a diagnosis whilst my life is a misery.
Background: I am 62 (today), always kept myself fit and until 6 weeks ago could have run 10 miles without any problem but now have difficulty walking 10 yards and am in severe pain; especially at night. I need high strength Ibuprofen and a hot bath just to get moving in the morning but the pain is there 24/7. The centres of pain are both hips, legs from the knees up and right shoulder. My doctors initial diagnosis was that it was muscular and she told me to try swimming to loosen the muscles but that didn't work so has now referred me to a rheumatologist but an appointment could take weeks unless I pay privately. In the past I have had nothing more than the odd ache and pain and a bit of knee problem but nothing that would have led me to believe this was coming.