I was rx'ed with Anemia of Chronic Disease about
2 weeks ago. I have had chills enough to wear 3 shirts and 2 jackets at a time in South Florida, itching, fatigue, a strange deep ache (most likely malaise). My blood test, besides showing anemia, had elevated sed rate (Twice the guidleine #) and elevated C-RP (again, twice the guidline #). I also have psoriatic arthritis.
I went to the hemotologist who said I have a "ton of arthritis". I already knew that because I suffer from some major back problems and arthritis is one of the problems. But 2 Friday's ago, after a very tough day for me, I had the classic Lupus mask with the red blotches under the eyes and on the nose bridge.
The hemotologist told me to come in yesterday instead of January. He did not take more blood but said that under a microscope, my red cells were not shaped normally, but he felt that was due to the arthritis.
He felt that I did not have Lupus, but perhaps another auto-immune and said I have a connective tissue disorder.
Now, my ANA WAS negative, but there are subsets of Lupus that have negative ANA.
He now wants me to have a CT scan of chest and abdomen.
My question is about the misshaped red cells. He quickly blew it off as from the arthritis. Does that sound right? He also felt that I do not have a blood disorder and did not want to do a bone marrow biopsy.
Post Edited (wolftrades) : 12/20/2007 9:24:24 AM (GMT-7)