... You are welcome! Let us know how it goes & whether you get answers for your joint pain/swelling. I agree with you: I think doctors are better at prescribing meds than analyzing the net effect. So I still think your pharmacist might be able to threw in a few cents and for free---worth a try, right? When you think on it, reviewing that many meds is a job for a computer! (21 replies)
... swelling. Are your joints hot to the touch, or could the swelling be due to, say, edema? ... (21 replies)
... Short version: About 10 years ago I started to "get sick." No other way to describe it. Joint pain, unrelenting fatigue (went from working out 5-6 days a week to sleeping 18+ hours), repeated bouts of uveitis and scleritis, anemia, etc. Had the run around from doctors for the last 9 years. Finally, last year, a new GP ran an ANA and ESR. ANA was positive 1:160 with homogenous... (2 replies)
... I would say that the results are most consistent with lupus since dsDNA antibodies were strong positive. ... (11 replies)
... HI just wondering if anyone could help decipher my blood results, i was diagnosed with palindromic rheumatoid along with a un-diagnosed connective tissue disease around two years ago after testing for lupus with a negative result do not know what was tested i was just told by rheumi it was negative, still have a lot of problems with rashes joint pain and swelling and such so... (11 replies)
... and definite worsening as I entered perimenopause. My rheum says that lupus is known to worsen when hormones are fluctuating. ... (5 replies)
... CCP, with no elevation in inflammation markers whatsoever. I have widespread pain but not the fibro tender points, the pain is mostly in my joints, but no swelling in my joints. ... (31 replies)
... Thank you ladybug I have never heard of panniculitis. I have had me kidneys, heart, liver and sinus' checked and all are ok. I'm off to my dr this arvo so will be sure to ask him about panniculitis - I don't have any discolouration or nodules but will see what he says.
Thanks again for taking the time to respond your a star! :) (2 replies)
... Hi LJ, yes there are two ways lupus could do this. ... (2 replies)
... of patients with SLE have intermittent arthritis. The most common presentation is a symmetrical polyarthritis, affecting hands, wrists and knees. The degree of swelling is less prominent than seen in rheumatoid arthritis. Tenosynovitis is a relatively common musculoskeletal manifestation. ... (1 replies)
... There are a couple of ways this might be related. First, lupus patients are more prone to infections in general, including strept. It usually starts in the throat and can spread from there. ... (1 replies)
... you're not breaking any rules that I know of. We're here to help!
Blood tests are only taken in context of symptoms. She *could* be psychologically working herself up... However, she also could begin to exhibit symptoms. Why???
the anti dsdna is a complicated test, the rheum who said dont use quest use labcorp(or vice versa) doesnt mean one is bad and one is good - if... (15 replies)
... Your GP has it backwards... titers of 1:40 and below are negative, and then as it goes up 1:80, 1:160, doubling each time. Each doubling represents a dilution of the blood, the actual end titer is the last visible stage of the ANA by the lab tech.
A low titer is not very significant because something like %40 of the healthy population has ANA of 1:40... However, above... (73 replies)
... wing blood test results are not positive for Lupus. That is contradictory to everything I have read. This all started with 2 skin biopsies on my face that showed lupus erythematosus as a differential diagnosis along with lichenoid perifolliculitis as the primary diagnosis in both of the 2 biopsies. ... (2 replies)
... About six months ago, the knuckles on my hands started swelling enough to where it was difficult to do basic things, so I went to see my GP, who knew my history of joint pain and she did some blood work. ... (9 replies)
... my doctors are now at the point where they wont order any further testing and they have completely ruled out lupus as a diagnosis. ... (12 replies)
... I have lupus with possible ra. It's been a tough year. I lost my job and all my great doctors. I had to start the "doctor search" all over. It's been awful!!! ... (0 replies)
... reactive protien, high sed rate. He diagnosed Lupus SLE and I was treated with 10mg prednisone and plaquenil. I didn't feel any better after months and was still in what I would say bad shape. ... (4 replies)
... have many of your sympotoms except the occasional pleurisy. I have joint pain and swelling. Headaches, fatigue, thyroid problems, some rashes but not the typical Lupus rash, and very high fevers that came on like clock work every two weeks. ... (5 replies)
... He said we were on a watch and wait. I am now experiencing low grade temps for almost two weeks and more joint pain and swelling and headaches ranging in severity daily. I am going back to see him Wednesday. ... (2 replies)