do not worry about us "suffering" through posts...that is what we do best.
welcome, welcome, welcome to you...so happy you found us.
You asked about the possibility of a positive lab result and not have the illness. I know that you can have a positive ANA for an auto immune disease, and not have enough physical symptoms for a diagnosis. I know that the lab results will change according to medications and/or whether or not you are in a flare.
It certainly sounds to me like you are having flares - it is common for my flares to start with one symptom that is my signal for an oncoming flare, and then several more to follow. Then, most everything is gone with a couple of lingering aches and pains.
I am glad that you are seeing a rheumatologist....i don't believe you are wasting their time or your money....
And if they come after you with a straight jacket, just say the word lupus and they will stop chasing you.
i can tell that you are going to be a great member....i look forward to lots of laughs at your humor.