Nope, not a whiner. Sorry, just human. Is it possibly a bone problem? Can you see an orthopedic in the interim? Yes, it sounds painful and not the kind I want hanging around for 3 months or so. Who is your osteo doctor? Maybe you can run the symptoms by him/her and see what they say. Hard to say with the CREST too. Those hardened ligaments and contractures feel like bones sometimes and hurt like the dickens - had those in my fingers, top of my feet and between my neck/shoulder before. Speaking of bones, any possibility of a bone fracture? Am I driving you nuts yet?
Sometimes if you call the Rheumy and ask if you can call periodically to check and see if there are any cancellations, they may be able to put you in sooner.
With those ligament things, the doctor wanted me to take cellcept, but I ended up taking a strong dose of Motrin. It took a couple of weeks to clear up. If it is bones though then you may want a bone scan done. Not a bad idea to keep an eye on the osteo. Hope it all works out one way or another. You are a sweet person - whining or not :). P.s. I never heard you whine yet, but you have consoled me on a few of mine - yours are long over due, so go for it. Please let me know how you make out , my shoulder is also here for you too - HUGS & Best Wishes - Kristin
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