Hi, I am looking for some advise.
I am a healthy 28yr. old with the exception of this new problem. I have had 5 wonderful babies with no complications.
about 4 wks. ago i woke up with itchy rash that traveled from arms, body trunk, and back of the head and left knee pain. Saw my doctor and was told I might possible have some arthritis in the knee. X-Rays said I have "minimal sclerotic changes". I have never injured this knee and it has never bothered me until that day. Benadryl and Claritin for rash wich did go away 5 days later.
2 days later I wake up early morning due to severe pain in my left knee, left hip and left shoulder.
The pain was so severe It took me 40 min. to finally roll out of bed, crawl downstairs and call for help. I had to get a rag to stuff in my mouth beccause I was screaming from pain. I have had 2 babies naturally didn't scream and can honestly say this pain was worse. I have NEVER in my life experienced such a pain. I have had kidney stones but that was nothing compared to this pain. Finally my sister came over helped me get dressed because I was unable to move my left side without screaming out in pain. Made it to ER, screaming out everytime the car hit a slight bump or with every turn. Couldn't get out of the car when we made to ER, my husband lifted me while I stuffed a rag in my mouth and screamed for my life, made it into the wheelchair. ER doctors gave me 6 doses of Dilauded (very strong pain med) with not much help. My whole body started to get numb and I couldn't breath anymore due to the high doses of pain meds yet the pain inside my left hip joint would not go away. Finally after about 5 hours of pain I was given a dose of Prednisone 20mg and started to feel a little better. I was sent home with a walker since I could not walk on my own, pain meds and Prednisone.
For 3 weeks I was talking Prednisone 20 mg per day and it would last me about 20 hours as I start to have the sever joint pain. I have shoulders , wrist, fingers, hip and knee pain. The pain is very symetrical. If left hip hurts today the right will hurt tomorrow. Same for all my joints. I get swelling in the joint that hurts, red and warm to the touch and my veins look like cords by that joint. I had blood cultures, parvovirus blood test, RA, ESR and everything was negative with the exception of C-reactive protein wich was at 2.5H.
Anyways, to make his long story short I tapered off of Prednisone, was off of it for about 5 days until I started to get the joint pain again. Rheumatologist suggested I get back on Prenisone wich I am currently doing.
Rheumatoligist does not know what is causing this joint pain, he does not think I have RA since he said I recovered too fast!
Ahhh, it feels good to get this all out.
Any advise would help and I would love to hear someone elses story with how they where diagnosed with RA and if it does sound like this might be the cause of my pain.
By the way I do have an uncle with RA.