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   Posted 12/31/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I have only posted once before a couple of weeks ago.  I have been to my GP and a neurologist and every test they have done turns up normal.  I still have aches in my hands, elbows, hips and knees but all of my tests say that nothing is wrong.  I have been tested for RA (blood test), lupus and every other condition that might cause these pains and fatigue. I had x-rays done on my hands and they were normal. It seems that I am having "flares" of some sort since this is the 3rd time in a 18 months that I have had this happen. The doctor's have no answers and are probably starting to think that I'm crazy. I live in MN and the cold does seem to effect or even maybe set off my "flares".  I am at a loss as to what to do next - nothing seems to be left to be done. I'm sure some of you have been thru this - any advice?  I feel like maybe it is in my head. I suffer from IBS and I am on meds for depression and anxiety and feel good emotionally smilewinkgrin other than suffering from pain all the time. I found out I had h-pylori infection a few months ago although I think I had it for a long time based on my stomach trouble. Anything I can do next or just wait it out until it gets even worse?

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   Posted 12/31/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you seen a rhematologist? While a good GP can diagnose diseases like lupus and fibro, sometimes GPs don't utilize all the necessary tests for diagnosis. Rheumatologists are really expert diagnosticians.
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   Posted 1/1/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
For the past couple years I have had numerous tests, blood, xray, MRI and I've been to a rheumy, a pain doc, a neurologist and my primary. Nothing has ever shown up in any of my testing other then two bulging/slight herniated discs in my neck. My hands, hips, sciatic, sacroiiliac joint and knees always seem to be hurting. My fingers got to a point where they were swelling up and I couldn't bend my fingers. I then went to my primary again and she finally agreed that I have arthritic issues but she couldn't tell me which one other then osteoarthritis in one finger (the joint is beginning to get misshapen). I KNOW that something isn't right but until the tests show something conclusive I don't feel that the docs are taking it seriously. I already have one auto immune disease and I'm on an immune suppressing medication and I feel that it is slowing the progression of whatever it is that I have. But in the meantime, I am currently taking Tylonel Arthritis in addition to odd dosing of Celebrex. I know it's frustrating for sure.
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