I've had bad joint pain ever since my fibro kicked into full-gear. One of my first flare symptoms was debilitating knee pain, mostly in one knee. It's gotten to the point that most of my large joints hurt all the time, are more sensitive to cold than the rest of me and are very, very tender with (sometimes) multiple patches around/on them that are excruciatingly sensitive to touch/pressure. The rest of my joints bother me to some extent at one time or another, even my toes. I haven't noticed any swelling or redness, though occasionally my fingers will feel swollen when they're not. The worst is my elbows that hurt a lot all the time. This is frustrating to no end as I can't get in a comfortable position when I sit or lay down no matter what I use to "buffer" them, and it's impossible to carry anything weighing more than a pound or so without feeling additional pain from "stressing" that joint.
I've talked to my family doc about this all-over joint pain about four months ago when I saw him after 10 days of chronic severe shoulder pain and the other joint pain had ramped up. He did a basic ROM test that showed I had great difficulty lifting my arms over my head or putting my arms behind my back. All of my bloods were normal, though, and he did test for rheumatoid issues. He just chalked it up to the fibro, but I'm really starting to wonder if it's more because it's gotten so much worse. I thought fibro wasn't supposed to evolve, but this joint crap keeps getting worse and worse. Both my family doc and my rheumy have told me to watch for the "lupus mask", but between hot flashes, the rosacea I inherited from my mom and an embarrassing propensity for facial flushing, I couldn't tell if I have it or not. I have an appointment with him next week. Should I ask to have bloods rechecked, or ask to be referred back to the rheumy, or what? I really don't want to bother him or spend more money chasing an explanation for the joint pain if it's just going to come back to the fibro again.