Hi there, it is Kitt. Sorry you are hurting.
Peripheral arthritis is most common in people with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease of the colon. Typically, the course of the arthritis follows that of the IBD, with flare-ups and remissions coinciding. There is no one test that can diagnose peripheral arthritis, but instead several tests including blood tests, joint fluid analysis, and x-rays are used to exclude other conditions.
Symptoms of peripheral arthritis are pain, swelling, and stiffness in one or more joints of the arms and legs (wrists, knees, and ankles) that may migrate between joints. When pain in peripheral arthritis is untreated it can last from several days to weeks. Fortunately, this type of arthritis does not generally cause any permanent damage.
To determine what's causing your pain, your doctor will ask about your medical history and your current signs and symptoms. He or she will likely want to know what actions increase your pain and what relieves it.
In order to diagnose avascular necrosis, your doctor may request images be taken to get a closer look at your bones. Common tests for avascular necrosis include:
X-rays. X-rays usually appear normal in people who have early-stage avascular necrosis. Later stages may be more evident on an X-ray.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI scans can show early changes in the bone that may indicate avascular necrosis.
Depending on your signs and symptoms, your doctor may use other tests to diagnose avascular necrosis. In rare cases, your doctor may surgically remove a small piece of bone (biopsy) for laboratory examination.
Prednisone is the oral tablet form of steroid most often used. Less than 7.5 mg per day is generally considered a low dose; up to 40 mg daily is a moderate dose; and more than 40-mg daily is a high dose.
I would ask for your MRI or get a second opinion. Hope this helps but please remember I am not a professional.
Hugs to youKitt
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*
I am sorry you are going through this. Going without sleep is bad enough, factor in pain and anxiety and life can seem bleak. I really wish you didn't have to go through this alone too. Do you have a friend who could come along with you? It seems like a tough deal to be doing this alone. Celey, you are a tough nut, I really respect you for this, but I wish I could come and blast some doctors into giving you the respect you deserve. Bless you, I hope things improve.