I came down with a horrid stomach virus and a couple of weeks later, I developed severe knee pain in both knees. I went a couple of weeks and finally went to my pcp, and he ran some tests, all were fine, gave me a strong NSAID and sent me on my way to a rheumy. The rheumy thought I had parvo, because I was teacher working with small children. That was over 4 years ago and here I am .
Someone mentioned feeling feverish without an actual fever, almost flu like? That is me for the last month, along with being feverish, I am so terribly tired, I normally take Trazadone for sleep, but lately I've been able to sleep without taking it, and when I wake up in the mornings, I feel exactly as I did when I went to bed. I was diagnosed with low B12, and I've even been taking B12 injections and will be going for #6 very soon, and it seems I'm getting worse! This is a new symptom of RA for me, the constant, never ending fluish, fatigued, sleepy feeling.
Sherry...My tests have always been negative. I hope you get into a rheumy very soon.
It's the symmetry of both knees swelling which gives the indication of RA type symptoms. But there seems to be so much variation on the diagnosis. I'm like momto3, started with a flu virus but the aching joints neverwent away, after 3 months of anti inflammatorys my knees were still swollen and sore, so off to the rheumy. It was a steady decline frm then on in, 3 years later I'm on humira, mtx and mobic and seem to have finally stabalised. As long as i don't overdo it!!! Good luck with the rheumy visit, golitho
Sarah...It seems like you are trying all of the different medications. Are you still using the MTX? For the Enbrel, I had to cut my dosage in half and take two shots per week and that seemed to help. I have never tried Remicade, so I have no experience with that one. It seems most of spend a great deal of our time trying to find the right combination of medications to keep the pain and symptoms at bay, even if it is only for a short while. If you get to where you are in a horrid flare, prednisone in small doses works wonders!