((((( Krista )))))
Actually plantar fascitis is really common characteristic in lupus, also in fibro. It is simply inflammation in that area. My doctor took it very seriously and counted toward the autoimmune issues.
Most everyone at this forum is taking or has taken anti-depressants. It is almost a given with chronic illness. Chronic illness causes depression. But depression also causes chronic illness and can contribute to a flare of lupus. So your doctor is actually making good sense and is just trying to piece everything together.
And . . . yes, it makes sense that he is trying to differentiate between muscles and joints. He will need to rule out myositis, polymyositis, fibro, etc. The blood work will help him with the myositis (an autoimmune attack on the muscles - usually hits the large upper muscles of the arms and legs first).
It must be very frustrating having the pred there and not being able to use it. I've been in the same boat . . . actually saved the extra pred that I didn't need for my dog . . . I felt like a druggy LOL!
I hope the pred helps you a lot.
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