Welcome! There are quite a few of us here with RA as well. I'm in the process of trying to get a diagnosis of "something". I have ALL the classic RA symptoms except the positive RA factor. I was tested back in February and it was negative. Since then, all my symptoms have become unbearable. I even have 3 toes that have started to deform. What's so frustrating is that my rheumy, who I just saw last week, DIDN't recheck me for the RA factor. I can't believe it.....
So reading about your history was really informative to me. In this past week, I've developed a dry, annoying cough, and I do have a raspy voice. I didn't know those were symptoms of RA too. I see my pcp tomorrow, who I will be asking to recheck my RA factor and tell him of my new symptoms. I had a full body bone scan done last Thursday. Results come back to my rheumy this coming Thursday.
But to talk about your itching.... That is very unusual and super annoying. I can only imagine.... Itching is for some people a sign of Fibromyalgia. I have it. I did have some itching issues, now that I think back, about 6 or 7 years ago. When I was first diagnosed with Fibro. You might want to ask the folks in the Fibromyalgia forum what they think....
I hope you can get it all under control. Glad to have you here!
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34 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, Cozaar, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus