Any insight? Getting a second opinion

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Date Joined Oct 2013
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   Posted 1/21/2014 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
All my symptoms started around June(fatigue, body aches, especially prominent areas neck: Neck(a ct scan showed straightening and mri showed degenerative disc disease, arm...chest pains, headaches dizzinessand just not feeling well in general. After testing by my regular doc I tested positive for Reumatoid factor 4 different times, I was sent to a rheumatologist. After looking at everything she diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and was put on cymbalta. Came off cymbalta the end of December because i started breaking out in hives a month after taking them. Waited 2 weeks to see if they cleared, Nope they didn't. Off i went to an allergist/immunologist she sent me for further testing. Turns out no allergy but I tested positive for ANA, CRP, one of the lyme WB IgG band 41, high thyroxine, and a High ANA titer and pattern homogenous and speckled. So she is sending me to a new Rheumy.

Any suggestions?

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   Posted 1/21/2014 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
The first Rheumy didn't test your ANA? Then getting a second opinion is definitely the right step. I think the Rheumatoid Factor test can be weakly positive in normal adults... just being positive doesn't mean much, the exact number will be more indicative of whether or not there is a real problem.

Check out the symptoms as found in the links below - make of list of any of the 11 symptoms you may have noticed to be ready for the rheumy.
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