I cannot believe they didn't do an ANA right off the bat! But..I too went thru this! My last pregnancy triggered the symptoms & I kept telling my OB but he said "No your fine! You have a textbook pregnancy!" Id like him to go thru agony while preg, caring for a 2 yo and working full-time! That was my worse time ever!
I needed to be MORE FORCEFUL & demand tests. I later did this but by that time I was where u stand now. Here is my advice to you: There are many factors involved in diagnosing Connective Tissue Disease (Lupus, RA, MCTD) so... 1) get a referral immediately bc once u actually get in it'll likely take a few appts to get dx. Don't give up! 2) Ask for meds! (You are in pain & need meds - impress upon your Dr the sheer Magnitude of the pain! (They wont know if u do not be verrrry clear!) 3) you may even want to consider antidepressant that helps w pain - CYMBALTA has helped me a ton but I hear Celexa & Paxil seem to help too.
4) you are not in this alone! We are all here for you & have been thru it! Hugs to u amiga!
age 41, Mom of 2 great kids (10 & 7)
MCTD(LUPUS), RAYNAUDS, FIBROMYALGIA, L4L5 disc herniation, fracture in L3 fro EPIDURAL in childbirth
Meds: Arava, prednisone, Nifedipine, estropipate, cyclobenzaprine, Cymbalta, sulfasalazine, gabapentin, hydrocod, fentanyl patch, methotrexate - MTX (on hold), minocycline, clonaxepam (sleep), vit D, PRILOSEC, Transderm Scopalamine, Vit Bcomplex