Thank you, Mari, for your kind reply
Yesterday I went to see a General Physician. He was reasonably thorough, but still warned me that my traumatic childhood (40+ years ago) could be causing my symptoms. Apparently the fact that I am in the best place emotionally I have ever been but physically in the worst seems to be irrelevant. However, he did a physical exam (made no comment, although I have no reflexes in my left knee or my feet and have significant oedema) but he has ordered blood tests that seem to be mainly for inflammatory markers and thyroid function. No repeat ANA though. So we shall see. If they come back OK I don't know what I'll do next.
But I have some consolation in being on this board and knowing I am not alone, so I am genuinely grateful for your support. Gerladine