Could this be RA? (newbie)

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/3/2007 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I found this forum tonight whilst researching RA & Lupus on the Internet - at this moment in my life I havent got a proper diagnosis of whats going on with me, is it RA or Lupus, can it be both, I would appreciate if you read through the below and gave me your views... :-)
I am 36 years old female, no other health issues than a mild PCOS.
My late mum had RA her entire life (since she was a child).
For 10 years I have had "problems" with my left knee, all of a sudden it was swollen and painful and this has been coming and going for a long time, I have also had pain in my ankles for the past 5 years and have found out I buy flat shoes and not highheels anymore.
End November 2006 I got an eye infection and went to hospital, Pink Eye diagnosis, i soon developed a cold, with sore throat, fever, and a very bad cough that I still have now in April. I got two sets of antibiotics during December but I still had the cough. I also developed bad joint pain and at one point so bad in my "bad knee" I could hardly walk, I thought I had got a DVT, and went to hospital were they ran bloodtest twice and confirmed DVT, an ultrasound confirmed the day after that I didnt have a DVT.
Then we started to investigate if it could be rheumatic.
My doctor (GP) took a bloodtest for Rheumatoid Factor and it was negative, then I was sent for an xray of my knees, confirmed OA - Osteoarthritis. They left me there, gave me painkillers and told me to "live with it". (Arthrotec75)
I didnt like that attitude and diagnosis so I arranged to see a Rheumatolgost privately and have for 5 weeks done the following:(I know I dont have all info needed, values etc)
Bloodtests, negative RF, positive SLE (Lupus), ANA - think that was negative, I had high platelet count (I cant remember the rest) bloodtest also showed I had 3 viruses in my system one was Parvovirus that I had at some point in my life
I had an xray of my chest (cough) which was fine
Isotope bone scan - didnt pick up much, wear and tear of joints, nothing significant
Synovial Fluid from knee - yellowgreen, no RF, confirmed inflammatory joints
On the 30 of March 2007 my rheumatologist said he was going to treat me for RA and Lupus, I asked what he thought and he said RA and said I could be a seronegative (my mum had RA) and gave me Plaguenil, he also wanted to give me a Cortisone shot in the bum but I said no. I am seeing him again in early May for further bloodtests and review.
What are your views on this?

April 2007 Diagnosis of - RA & SLE
Current Meds -  Plaquenil/Arthrotec 75 (I have been offered Cortisone shot but rejected - need advise) Voltaren 
Additional Supplements - Omega3, Glucosamine & Chondroitin, Green Tea

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   Posted 4/4/2007 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  Welcome to Healing Well....glad you found the site here!
Did you say that you did show positive for SLE? when you listed your bloodwork?  the ANA...was that + or -?
It might be that you could indeed have both.  Many people do have the combo.
It's hard to diagnose either of them let alone 2 at the same time.  But sometimes if a person has 1 autoimmune disease...they are prone to carry or develop another AI disease.
It might just be that your doc will figure out what you have by how you respond to the meds you were given!
I'm sure you'll be getting a lot of people's input...many folks here have dealt with parvo and such....
Write back soon! :-)
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