Since 17 years old the cartialidge around my rib cage has been on and off inflamed. At 22 this problem spread all over my body, including fatigue. My doctor was certain it was RA. Now 23, this sickness continues to get worse making life almost impossible to live and some days I have to be in bed most of the day because of some activity I did prior. I am on an NSAID, which has stopped helping me as much as it once did. I cannot do any activity with out feeling Pain, being swollen, and feeling tired! I was shocked when my blood results came back and my sed rate was normal. This left me feeling very confused. I can see the redness, see my joints swollen, and I can feel the pain. It is in my hands, wrists, knees, ankles, rib cage, spine and hips. This pain is something I feel every single day, and usually about 4 joints a day will hurt but they are somewhere different with each day.
Also, with this usually when I feel fatigue, my eyes get hot and sometimes burn, my doctor couldn't help me with that one. I am wondering if somehow my immune system is invloved when I feel that way, when fatigued, I am often imobalized. My question is, since my sed rate came back normal, should I rule out arthirtis altogether? Some family members are insistent that it is fybro.
hello i can understand your confusion as i too have been tested for RA and test came back negative..my fingers elbows, knees ankles and feet are all giving me pain everyday..my sleep pattern is non existent and feel tired even if i manage sleep..fybro is hard to diagnose and doctors don,t know alot about it..im seeking an appointment again with my doctor this week as soon as he can he see me..
Its draining i know and i can understand your frustration as mine has been for best part of six month and also chronic pain sufferer due to prolapsed disc for past 3 yrs..
if i find out anything i shall let you know but all we can do is keep trying till we find an answer..
my thought are with you and maybe you could let me know if you find a solution also.
I have been diagnosed with fibro and chronic fatigue syndrome. Even with this diagnosis, I am always searching for more answers. I have found, through all of my research and talking to people in similar situations, that these tests can come back negative many times before they actually come back positive and you get your diagnosis. I know somebody who was tested 12 times before he was finally diagnosed with RA. It really depends on how active your disease is at the moment you get the test done.
Dont lose hope. It is hard, but we are strong- we do live with terrible pain every day! I'll keep you in my prayers!