I am new to forum too. I was hoping that someone would be willing to give me advice. Thank you.
Welcome to the forum, you will find a lot of great support and info here, the people are wonderful!! Don't get discouraged, the weekends can be kind of slow sometimes. Also several of the "regulars' are dealing with some issues of their own and haven't been on as much. So, they will be here! A couple of the moderators, ( Erin and Ducky are the ones I know) have been godsends to me...Erin is like our very own "cyber-doc" she has a ton of medical knowledge. Ducky has also been at this a long time, and has been a terrific resource for me. Hang in there. I have RA, but am sort of new at this, but your symptoms sound very similar to mine. I've read that a flare of RA can feel like the flu, fatigue, fever, elevated white blood cell count etc. I had all of that, and now even on meds, my white blood cell count is still up a little, so I think that is normal for this... As to the kind of arthritis, there are so many different types, seems it can take a while to pinpoint exactly which one you have. If you feel good about your docs, trust them to work you through, patience has been the toughest thing for me. There doesn't seem to be any "quick fixes" with this. Have to run, but will check back in with you later..
Welcome to the Healingwell Family, Kitty! So glad you found us. I do not know anything about Lupus and I'm so sorry you have the dubious affliction of that with arthritis. Auto-immune diseases are a strange bunch of ailments and so confusing for me to understand. It seems if you have one you have a number of other things associated. Not a professional opinion, just an observance. You will hear from others who know much more on the subject than I. The anti-inflammatory meds you've been given should help with the arthritis pain. I know that if I don't take mine routinely, I suffer. It does help. I've had to try a few different ones over the years and I'm on Lodine (generic) right now with very little stomach upset (if taken with a meal). If you don't get some relief don't hesitate to ask your doc to try something else. There are so many meds on the market. Just follow doctor's orders.
Again, Welcome! Boo
Thank you Jody and Boo. It's just nice to talk with someone that is going through some of the same things as I am. None of the doctors can explain to me why I have a high white count. I have been wondering if it's the arthritis that is causing it. Lupus doesn't cause a high WBC. I have been reading that RA can cause a high WBC. I'm going to ask my rheumy next time what is my RF and if maybe I could have RA. Or at least what kind of arthritis is it that I have. Maybe I need a different Rheumy. All he says is my xrays show arthritis. So frustrating.