Erin, though your guess might be right - I'd go in and show your doc when you have something to show. Just go in w/o an appointment if need to be to be looked at for 5 minutes or less.
Could this also be a result of a vitamin deficiency w/all your chron's/weight problems right now? Golf ball sized bruises - does that mean they are raised or that is the size of the bruise?
Take care and get lots of rest.
I wonder if you can contact the Arthritis Foundation and see if they can help point you in the right direction of a diagnosis.
I know what you mean about wanting it to still be there. I still think you need to walk in on your rheumy or pcp or someone to get it looked at and notated asap!
I'm hear for ya, Erin and you know it!
I'm so sorry to hear what you are going through. I wish I could wiggle my fingers and make you better. So much is going on with you and is so worriesome. It's a good thing I'm not your Mom or sister - I'd be on your case with worry constantly, you'd stop answering your door! Funny how that works, it's feast or famine with how we want to be treated by our loved ones. I want my mom to stop nagging me to leave my family and go to Mayo but I want my husband to care more and (more importantly) understand. He sees me as a fat lazy good for nothing (not exactly his words) who has no umph to get up and get things done except play.
But, once again, I digress. Here's wishing you better health and some answers as well as treatment to start feeling better. I understand your money issues and it frustrates the heck out of me people can't get the help they need when they need it. Be it medical or financial or whatever, you have to be on your death bed, in the red so far you've lost almost everything or who knows what else - it's not there until it is too late. It stinks.