Post Edited (Ducky) : 8/31/2006 10:14:24 AM (GMT-6)
wow...it is quite the ordeal going through all of this isn't it? you've recieved some great advise so far.
what i think? something may just show up...in time. i know tha stinks to say, but sometimes it takes a while for certain diseases to really say "hello here i am!".
RA and AI diseases are sometimes negative in blood labs but a pt can have all the positive objective clinical physical symptoms that could be used to gear a doc to a definitive diagnoses.
i think we've all been through this to some degree. for years my docs jumped between RA, ALS...RA or Lupus...RA or Scleroderma. it was a mess.
the docs will take into consideration everything they see...so negative labs aren't a bad thing...if there are strong physical findings. also the way you respond to meds is a strong indicator as to what might be wrong.
glad to have you here @ HW. let us know how everything goes.