Welcome to the site. My name is Kathy and I have SLE, Lupus and a host of other auto-immune disorders as you can read it in my signature. I feel bad that the doctor treated you like that. I have gone through the same thing several times for several years from the so called doctors. Have you seen a Rheumatologist? I think that you need to make an appointment to see a Rheumatologist. You may have Rheumatoid Arthritis due to the family history of it. It also sounds like you may have Eczema thrown into the mix. You could have Lupus, but you know Lupus is real hard to diagnose and the doctors tend to not diagnose it unless you have 4 of the criteria listed by the American Lupus Foundation. I will put
the list here that they are looking for when diagnosing Lupus. You can print the list out and take it with you to the doctor and indicate which ones are affecting you ok. Here is the list:
Classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus:1
Butterfly (malar) rash on cheeks
Rash on face, arms, neck, torso (discoid rash)
Skin rashes that result from exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (photosensitivity)
Mouth or nasal sores (ulcers), usually painless
Joint swelling, stiffness, pain involving 2 or more joints (arthritis)
Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs (pleuritis) or heart (pericarditis)
Abnormalities in urine (test results show increased protein in the urine or clumps of red blood cells or kidney cells, called cell casts, in the urine)
Nervous system problems, such as seizures or psychosis, without known cause
Problems with the blood, such as reduced numbers of red blood cells (anemia), platelets, or white blood cells
Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test
Laboratory tests indicating increased autoimmune activity
Initial diagnosis and disease monitoring
If you have physical signs of lupus and a positive ANA test result, further testing may not be necessary. If your doctor feels that further testing is necessary to clarify your diagnosis, you may have one or more of the following tests:
Other antibody blood tests
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, or sed rate) or C-reactive protein (CRP)
Complete blood count (CBC)
I hope that this helps some. There will be others that come on here that may have better information for you. I just want to welcome you here. Please keep posting and let us know if you get in to see a doctor and if they help you.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.