This is sort of a follow-up to another question that I posted. My rheumatologist (who is well-meaning but dismissive of the possibility of Lyme as a possible cause of my symptoms) tells me that Lyme does not cause joint pain in multiple small joints
(such as fingers). Rather, she says the hallmark of Lyme is that it affects one or two large joints
, such as the knee.
When I told my rheumatologist that I'd seen occasional anecdotes online about
people with Lyme having finger pain, she said she would bet that these are people who actually have undiagnosed rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disorder. So my question is: if you've had joint pain in your hands or feet, did it improve with Lyme treatment? It would make me feel so much better to know that other people had this issue and that it was, indeed, improved by proper Lyme treatment.
(By way of background: aside from dry eyes/mouth, my most bothersome symptom is pain in my fingers. There's also some discomfort in my toes, wrists, and ankles. It started about
a year ago and was very sporadic -- it never lasted long and was never that bad. The last time the finger pain started, however, it didn't go away. It's been about
a month now, and seems to be getting slowly worse.
There was also no swelling, until just yesterday. There is now a slight but noticeable swelling of certain finger joints. )
Started herbal treatment for Lyme in early 2017. Did 1 month of doxycycline Aug. 2017. Uncertain about
diagnosis because tests were technically indeterminate, and because my symptoms are classic symptoms of possible autoimmune issues (for which I've so far tested negative). Currently seeing an LLMD in NYC, but have also made an April 2018 appt with an LLMD practice in Connecticut.
Post Edited (LilyPanda) : 1/4/2018 5:44:14 PM (GMT-7)