Hi everyone! I am new to this board. I have tons of questions! I spent quite a bit of time this week searching the internet for answers to my questions, but have only come up with more questions. After reading through some of the other posts, I guess it is best to tell you all about myself and ask some of those questions. I don't even know if I am in the right place, but from my test results and reading, it seems this is a good starting place.
I am a 30 year old female with one 15 month old child. After the birth of my beautiful little boy, my joints began to ache. I contributed this joint pain and swelling to childbirth and hormones. But, after 15 months, this pain should have subsided. Now, I have other issues and more pain. My routine bloodwork was all normal. My Rheumatoid Factor is 28.5 and says "strong positive specimens." My ANA screen is positive. My ANA titers say "> OR = 1:1280 Fine SPeckled Pattern AND Nucleolar Pattern."
Problems as a child:
*Epilepsy/seizures from age 9 to age 12
*scalp psoriasis began at age 9
*subluxations of the patella at age 15
Problems as an adult:
*continuation of scalp psoriasis
*slightly weaker and more tired than most, but not debilitating
*shoulder injury/pain in 2008-doc said hypermobile joints...Ehlers Danlos Syndrome?? No real diagnosis
Problems after childbirth:
*extreme back pain during pregnancy
*slight pelvic pain toward end of pregnancy
*edema after childbirth
*very painful and stiff joints, but not swollen (lasted during 6 months of breastfeeding)
*possible pelvic girdle pain-sharp pain when i transfer weight from one leg to another, pain when i try to push or pull the ottoman with my foot
*fatigue, currently extreme fatigue (I go to bed before 8 sometimes!)
*"sensitive" stomach-haven't discussed this with a doc
*hair loss, at I think I am losing more hair than I should be
*pain in both hips, but the right is worse
*lots of joint "popping"
I think this is it, but I can't remember.
Thanks so much in advance! I am just starting my family and I want to be healthy!
Career Mom and new to this Rheumatology thing