Hi all, first time poster in some desperation! Thank you in advance for reading and especially for any replies.
A bit of context. I'm a 51 year old male on the UK who until recently was very active - gym everyday, cycling up mountains but I never really took care of my health - eating rubbish, too much of the party lifestyle, too much stress, but I looked and felt well.
Anyway, and please bear with me, last year was a year of illness. First I detached a bicep muscle in the gym doing far too heavy weights, then I had a large lipoma removed (my leg is still numb from the op after 9 months) and in about November I tore a meniscus at the gym and had surgery to correct a bucket handle tear in January.
At the same time I had pain in both shoulders and after blood tests (after surgery) indicating high ESR, CRP and RDW it was suggested I might have Polymyalgia Rheumatica and I was referred to a rheumatologist. He took more blood test and no RA factor was found and anti CCP was negative. He suggested seronegative RA and put me on a course of Prednisolone 40 mg originally and I am down to 10 mg now. The pain did get better but it's not great as I write. In addition one blood test came back indicating MCTD and another was negative. Aside from pain in my shoulders and severe pain in my knee - I have no fatigue, or other symptoms associated with autoimmune. I believe I had IBS for years and now I have cut wheat from my diet and am doing all I can for my gut health. So that is the background.
Unfortunately I have the following concerns/ symptoms and I would be grateful for any insight:
1) What do I have? My symptoms don't seem to fit any autoimmune disease precisely?
2) The surgeon is suggesting another knee op. On the original operation he found no evidence of arthritis but I worried about what an operation would, or might trigger.
3) My shoulder and knee pain is very up and down but my knee seems to react negatively to overuse (like walking or cycling form an hour plus. It's also a little swollen.
Thank you in advance, this is getting me down.