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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 6/25/2011 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm hoping someone can help me. I'm a 21 year old female with some pretty horrible symptoms-

Sore, swollen, hot, red, knees and a few finger joints. They pop and click, my knees especially when I walk or bend them. It often feels like there's a bubble inside my knee or there's some grinding going on.
Raynaud's (dx three years ago)
Nose ulcers.
Dry mouth and eyes.
A few odd rashes on my chest, face and elbow in the past 10 months. I showed my GP and she had no idea, but wasn't concerned. In future I will take photos! The rashes are red/pink and raised. Aren't itchy and don't scar.

I'm seeing a rheumatologist next week. I've had some blood tests- ANA positive speckled 1:80. Elevated Sed Rate. Normal- CRP, Complete Blood Count, Rheumatoid Factor, Anti-CCP and urinalysis. My GP wouldn't run an ENA panel, she said I'd need to wait and see the rheumatologist.

I was put on a month course of Prednisone which I responded very well to. I'm now on no medication (so the rheumatologist can see me without it) and I've swollen up and my joints hurt and the rest of my symptoms have gotten worse.

I'm worried because my ANA titer is a low positive that I'll be ignored and told that nothing's wrong!

Anyone out there got any advice? Especially about the ANA test.


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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 6/25/2011 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think you'll be ignored. Just tell him how you feel and take photos! That convinced my rhuemy.

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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 94
   Posted 6/25/2011 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I hope you're right =]
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