Mommy I had gone to the Rheumy for the first time about
ten years ago for pain in my hands and feet i was told at the time it was just arthralgias. So I put it off as just getting older. That was until several painful years I wasn't healing from a back injury so my GP did some blood and it came back double pos for ana. All I can say is nip it in the bud if you can an try to keep it from progressing. I wish I had and it sounds like your on the right track. The best of luck.
Babe you've come to the right spot for support and info Lynn and Rosie are always great for it as are the others on here.
DX: IBS 00, +ANA 05, Depression 06, MCTD & Sjogren's 07, GER 08, NO Sjogren's 09, ?????
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg, Prednisone
10mg, Celebrex 200mg, Effexor 150mg, Nexium 40mg and Amitriptyline 10mg
Life is what you make of it. Just something I try to remind myself every day.