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After years of this ache and that ache early menopause, bilateral Achilles tendinitis, multiple neck surgeries serious back injuries, constant joint pain at one time or another, I was seen by my new primary care for a severe bad back which he thinks was caused by the flu overreacting and attacking my spine. He asked me if anybody has ever gotten to the bottom of the reason why I have all these troubles and I explained that I have had a positive ana in the past which Nick went negative, haven't worked up for anti d s n a r o and all those things that were negative. He told me that he still feels like I have some sort of anto immune disorder, as the markers are unreliable. I couldn't figure out why he felt so strongly about this but I realized that I do have a fairly strong rash right now going on and maybe he saw that and just didn't say anything about that. Is there a way to post the rash here so anyone could look at it? He put me on 40 mg of prednisone a day, for my severe back pain. I've read that you don't usually use Prednisone for normal osteoarthritis so he must feel pretty strongly about his suspicion. I feel very happy that I have a doctor who wants to get to the bottom of all my issues however I'm worried that I will be sent off to another rheumatologist who will disagree. In the meantime I'm in the middle of the flu season on high doses of Prednisone and he has prescribed two refills so I'm assuming he thinks I will be on this for a while. Wish I had some answers after all these years but not really wanting to go through testing again. If I could confirm that this rash is definitely suspicious at the same time as having joint flares I would feel more confident in his concerns. I know that most suffers from SLE I've had to go through similar situations in order to get diagnosed. There are also a number of other autoimmune illnesses this could be. I'm very thankful for any comments or suggestions on how to move forward or just bury it and give up . haha... I am a nanny for three families and want to be reliable for them but right now with this severe back I will be out for at least another week, and I am concerned about my long-term health and being reliable enough. I am 54, mother of three grown but still need kids, Nanny of three other families where I overdo things a lot, I have 15 very well cared for cats, and have worn myself down to the point of complete exhaustion and possibly a flare. Thanks any much for any help or advice that can be offered! Wishing you all the best in your Journeys. If there is a way for me to post a pic here can you please advise? It looks so classic to me that I can't really figure that anybody would say it's not
, but maybe I'm way off. (Probably just looking for some validation, keep thinking maybe I'm just overheated but the pattern on there, being on the nose and not the forehead or upper lip at all, doesn't seem like something that would happen. Thanks again
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