So I will try to make a long story short here...I started having joint pain in my wrists a while ago (10 years) had been diagnosed with tendonitis. had a recent flare up of tendonitis or so I thought but the pain seemed to have moved into my hands/thumb joints. So my PCP decided he would run some tests and said my ANA was high and that he was referring me to a Rheumatologist.
Went to my appt (this was probably the nicest doctor ever by the way) and we sat as he took notes and we talked about all my "other symptoms" for about 45 minutes.
- a rash that is a perfect red circle on my forearm, i get it every year in the summer on my left arm, the one that is right by the car window and in the sun 90% of the time, this year was bad,it actually scarred as i had several circles next to each other that seemed to not clear up
- when I breath in deeply sometimes it hurts, the Dr before had diagnosed me with costochondritis, saying it was a virus and would go away
- depression for about 10 years.
- random joint pain
- stiffness in my back and neck when I awake
- irritable bowel
He mentioned that this could be Lupus and now has me going to a couple of different specialists (dermatologist and GI) and yesterday I gave what felt like 1/2 my blood for tests he wanted, now I have to go to these specialists and get xrays of my neck/chest/hands etc. and he said he would see me in about 10 days to 2 weeks.
Part of me is scared at what I may face, and part of me (I know this sounds crazy) would almost be relieved if all these symptoms would be one thing and not me just falling apart at the age of 38!
The rheumatologist gave me a prescription for Sulindac that is not relieveing the joint pain at all. He was concerned as my PCP had given my Loratab (which was working, I would take 1/2 a pill in the am and 1/2 pill at night-when the joint pain was at its worst). I dont really want to call him and tell him the pain reliever he gave me is not working as it might seem like I am drug seeking. I dont want Loratab or a narcotic I just want to be out of pain. Is it normal for joint pain meds to be a trial and error situation (like anti depressants can)? or should this have worked for me?
any help/advice would be appreciated!