Hi Everyone! I've been reading some of the posts in here for the last hour or so and decided to finally join the discussion. I just received some of my last blood results and I thought I would share to get your opinion. My doctor hasn't said anything to me about this yet, but I think he's been testing for possible lupus either rule it out or rule it in now for awhile. I've tested high for CPK in the past, now it normal. I tested high for rheumtoid factor and now it's fairly low (9). My urinalysis was negative and normal in everything tested but all of my antinuclear test are showing indications of some type of lupus or sclerdema (my own opinion after days of research, LOL!)
Anachoice (TM) screen w/refl to titer, ifa
anachoice (TM) screen: Positive
Antinuclear antibodies, titer and pattern
ANA pattern: centromere
Antinuclear antibodies: 1:32 H
My sed rate is well within range and so is my dna (DS) antibody.
I do remember that my double stranded dna is off last time, but of course I can't find those results right now.
I also just had a EMG on my upper arms (I had no idea why my doc did this except for what I've determined as the beginning of Raynuads phenomena. He told me he thought I had carpal tunnel which I told him I didn't think I did and the test proved I didn't. It did say I basically have a pinched nerve in my left elbow (that's what the tech told me) which I really didn't realize. The result say, "There is moderate severity of ulnar neuropathy with compression at the elbow."
In the last few months I developed a major lump under the base of the skull on the right side. Since that showed up, the pain in my neck as became so bad (even living on pain killers!) that I finally had to completely quit working. I've been on disability for years anyhow, so at least I do still have some money coming in plus the best medical insurance possible. I had a MRI done about 6 months ago through a pain clinic I was going to, and that showed 4 bulging cervical discs and 4 in my lumbar area. I have osteoarthritis, fibromylgia and I could go on and on....(GEEZ) I've recently started feeling totally exhausted constantly no matter whether I sleep or not nor if I sleep alot. I normally don't required much sleep, but that has changed drastically upon occassion. I've always been hyper, even been jokingly accused of doing speed most of my life due to my norm. I'm a type A (obviously) but my last job that lasted nearly 4 years was really not mentally stressful at all, just very physically demanding.
I just turned 55, female and have worked men's jobs most of my life so alot of the bone/muscle damage was basically expected, even though I hoped that working physically hard all my life would get me really physically fit...I guess I was wrong..
Anybody got any ideas? I've debated on the diagnosis I mentioned earlier, also Crest Syndrome. Other ideas?