There are 100 different types of arthritis and it could be any number of them. You really need to get to a rheumatologist for a complete check up and blood work up.
TrudieC is absolutely right. Because of the myriad of possibilities, your best bet is to get to a doctor and get tested. You may want to start at your general practioner as they can be easier to get in and see. Also, depending on test results, you may not have to go any further or you may be referred to any number of specialists including a rheumatologist, a neurologist or an infectious disease doctor or some other specialist all together.
Hello all, I went to my family doc and he took tons of bloodwork. I got the results back. Just what I thought they would say "everything is fine". Well, it's not.....for the past 5 days my hands, legs and feet have been so swollen. NOW WHAT? I definately do not feel fine! I called my PCP again to tell him about the swelling and I am waiting for a call back. I am so frustrated. Any suggestions?
I hate it when the blood work comes back fine and you know something is wrong. Because there is such a thing as sero-negative forms of arthritis (meaning nothing in the blood labs but you still have, for example, RA) The next place I'd go is a rheumy, unless you have to have a referral to see a specialist, in which case I'd hound my PCP :) Based on the symptoms you describe, I think a rheumy is the best next step but you may also be asked to see an infectious disease doctor, an endocrinologist and maybe an internist or even a neurologist before it is all said and done. I saw most of those plus and ENT and a psychiatrist (!) on my way to getting diagnosed.
The key is staying on it, keep advocating for yourself. Tenacity is required. Hang in there and keep us posted!
Sorry to vent, but no having a very good day today! Feeling very down and tired of being in pain. I feel like I can't keep up with the housework, because I need to save all of my energy for my job.. I also feel like i'm letting my family down. I finally set up an appointment with a Rheumetologist for Sept.1. It's a long time off and I was not given any meds by my PCP. So I'm just taking 600mg of Motrin and it's not doing anything.
thanks for listening, I had to share. Tiredgirl
No apologies needed here. Most of us have been where you are or are looking at it as a possibility of where things are going. I spent almost 2 years on my sofa. I did nothing but work and sleep and hurt. I was blessed to be able to work from home. I used my laptop from my sofa. And that was after maxing out my short term disability on what was suppose to be my glorious return to work!
I know what you mean about feeling like you are letting everyone down. It's horrible to feel so bad and drained. I hope getting into a rheumy will provide the diagnosis and treatment you need to get back on the path to feeling better. Sept.1st seems like a long time away. 4-6 weeks does seem to be the standard lead time to get in to see one, though.
What you are experiencing and feeling is "normal" for what you are going through. We are here to listen so write any time you want about anything you want. No one understands like those of us who have been through or are going through this process. Hang in there!
(((((((((((tired girl))))))))) I'm so sorry to hear what you are going though, Trust me a lot of us have been there. I was in and out of the Er for months and everytime they would tell me that they could find no reason for my pain, they even suggested Munchowsens (spelling) a disease that is where basically you just want the attention of people thinking you are sick!! I wanted to scream when they said that. Please don't give up, you will find a doctor who understands you and you click with and together you will figure this out. I'm not saying it will be easy and even when you find out what it is you have it wont get that much easier but it is nice to put a name to the pain.
Have you been tested for Chronic Fatigue, or Fybromyalgia? The swelling makes me think RA as others have said. I wish you the best and will put you in my prayers. Keep posting here, it helps to have support and understanding. We are here for you.
Sorry I forgot to say this in my previous post. There is another great forum on here for Chronic Pain. I'm there all the time too and just like here they have great people who understand what you are going though and will answer questions and stuff. Just in case it is not a type of Arthritis. maybe if you post there as well someone will hear your story and be able to tell you something you haven't thought of. Best of Luck Hun
Thank you all for listening.....its nice to know that people DO understand. Its tough to explain how i feel to people who think I just like to complain. I'm so thankful that I found this website with such a supporting group of people. Thanks again.