back from my first doctor visit.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/8/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
The good news is an x-ray shows there is no damage in the joints of my hands. (I've had pain, stiffness, weakness for about 10 weeks - details under a post titled "gradual onset"). He prescribed an anti-inflammatory (not sure which one, I haven't been to the pharmacy yet.) since Aleve wasn't doing much. Even though I do have mild psoriasis he agreed that I don't have any of the classic signs of PA so it doesn't seem to be that. The morning stiffness was more a sign of RA. So he drew blood for all the RA tests. Once we get those back we'll know (hopefully) the next step. This is a family doctor, but he told me the name of the Rhuemy that he likes.

He said the blood tests might not give us an answer at all. It could even be some weird viral thing that will just go away on it's own and never come back. But we'll start with the tests and treat the symptoms and see what happens next.

The pain in my hands has been getting better over the past week or so. It's not so much a constant ache anymore, now they only hurt when I move them. It's strange because now I can bend my fingers quite well, but it's stiff and painful to straighten them again. I'm also able to use them better now to open packages, etc.

So now I wait to see what the tests show, if anything.

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   Posted 11/13/2007 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck and hope you are feeling better !
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