Do I have lupus?
Hi. THis is my first post-trying to find out what the heck is wrong with me!I have been reading some of your symptoms, and I would like to see if anyone can identify with mine, or has a clue what this might be! Went to Super Wal-mart today and now feel like I have the flu-this happens every time I go.
I woke up one morning in May 05 with all of my joints swollen and hurting (1st time in my life) This continued for about two weeks. Since then I have had daily hand/foot pain. My palms ache along with the bottoms of my feet-like I walked miles. My hands are constantly stiff and sore. Different finger joints will ache and swell at different times. I have run low grade fevers for days at a time with no illness. My husband, myself, and my hair dresser all notice hair loss. Both wrists, knees, ankles, whatever will hurt one or two days-then the pain may go somewhere else. I also had a bout with 5-6 mouth ulers at one time. I have seen a Rheumy twice-she calls me a "mystery". My blood work is all fine except my lupus test came back "slightly positive" (whatever that means), but she assures me she does not think I have lupus. I am tired most days. I have tried 4 different meds for arthritis with minor relief-symtoms do not ever completely go away by any means. A steriod taken for two weeks helped the most, but not something I want to take long-term if I can avoid it. Doc is going to call and check on me Monday, and wants to try plaquenil next. My worst problems are hands and feet-the aching is really bad at times-especially after activity. Any clue what could be going on with me, or suggestions? I am getting frustrated. (Although, I would like to apologize for whining-it sounds like a lot of you guys are really having a daily struggle. My problems are minor compared to most-just confused, frustrated, and scared I guess. I hope everyone finds relief from this terrible disease. I just don't know where to turn. My life just has not been the same since May and I would like to know why and what to do about it) Thank you so much for listening! :?
Have a wonderful day!