Hi I am new to the arthritis board. I normally post on Lupus because I was diagnosed with Sjogren's and poss MCTD in 2006.
My question is should I ask my Rheumo about me possibly having rheumatoid arthritis. The reason I ask I have been diagnosed with degen disc disease throughout my cervical spine, Lumbar and sacral. I am about to have a disc replacement at L5-S1. I have a 10mm bulge and severe degeneration in the bone above that disc. Also recently diagnosed with arthritis of the sternum.
Other symptoms I have are as follows:
Low grade fever almost everyday
achy joints and muscles
Morning stiffness for about an hour or more
stiffness after sitting for awhile
Soft tissue swelling in feet, ankles, hands, and wrist.
The symptoms I don't have are the symetrical joint pain and swelling. My joints ache but don't seem to swell or turn red.
If not RA what else should I look into or research.
Sjogren's 2005, Poss. MCTD or Lupus 2005, Degen. disc disease 2000