For sixth months I have been having problems with my joints. It started with a crunching noise every time I turned my neck..then slowly moved to every other joint in my body...horrible cracking/snapping noises when i move my shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, even toes now. I'm now also feeling weak and shakey, with twitching, but I don't know if that's nerves... i have horrible right knee pain, and for four days have had a dull headache at the bottom of my skull on the side where my neck cracks the most. I'm also feeling odd muscles movements, like things are popping out of place where they shouldn't be, and it feels like they're straining all the time... Now I'm not so sure if it's my joints or muscles...
I have had two ANA level tests done. One in march came back positive, 1:320, speckled...and one in april came back positive, 1:160, speckled. My GP never told me I tested positive in march, she just referred me to a rheumatologist, and said talk to them about my symptoms, possibly arthritis. I'm only 23 though, not sure if I should mention that.
When I saw the rheumatologist, she said she wasn't sure, could be hypermobility syndrome (which i am convinced that's not the case) but to come back in 3 monhths?!?!...in the meantime she ran some blood tests (those are the ones in april) she said it could have been a false positive because I tested negative for lupus. She never saw my first round of tests, and I just found out about them today.
My question is...I know I'm on the lower end of positive, and the one in april came back lower than the one in march...but, is it really probable that two different labs came back with false positives? especially with all the symptoms I'm having? and has anyone experienced similar symptoms?
Any advice would be appreciated...I'am at a loss.