I get routine bloodwork done every couple months (CBC, liver panel, etc) because of the meds I take (methotrexate, Humira, Plaquenil), but what about the autoimmune panels, ANA, sed rate, etc? I can't even remember the last time I had those drawn, it was at least a year ago, maybe longer.
My ANA has been checked twice or three times, each time it came back negative, along with negative everything else. Because of this and the symptoms I have (joint pain, fatigue, uveitis, Raynaud's, miscarriage, etc), I was told that I am sero-negative for whatever it is that I have (lupus?).
Would it be prudent for me to ask to be re-checked for autoimmune panel? Or am I just pushing buttons... I'm looking for an answer (have been since 2007) but am starting to think I should just give up and learn to live with it! Maybe there isn't an answer at all.
I only get to see a rheumatologist once in a while (about once a year) because of where I live (in Alaska, I have to fly to Anchorage to see one), and my next visit is coming up.
I've been having new and increasing symptoms, more flares, less remissions, crappier feeling during "remission"... you know the story, I'm sure!
Any advice greatly appreciated.