My mom has been having a lot of health issues lately. She is 45 and has had problems with really stiff joints and muscles and bone aches. Her family doctor sent her to a rheumatologist who has yet to diagnose her with anything. He says it is not rheumatoid arthritis and resembles ankylosing spondilitis but is not sure. She has been given multiple medications, none of which work that well. She can not take many of them either because she has a history of ulcers and esophagial structures which most anti-inflammatory drugs irritate.
She has been going back and forth to the rheumatologist for the past 5 months, trying to find something that works. At one point he had given her a Depo Medrol injection, which had absolutely no affect.
In the past 2 months she has started to lose her hair. She is always hot, fatigue, aggitated, and still experiencing the joint pain, especially in her lower back and wrists.
Her blood work shows that her thyroid is normal but she is anemic. She also tested negative for diabetes. She is going to her family doctor tomorrow to see whats going on but I highly doubt anything will come of it. It seems like we are getting nowhere with this and things are getting worse.
What could be going on? I thought maybe she just has arthritis and a bleeding ulcer because of the ulcer/esophagial problems she has had in the past, but I am not so sure.
Any ideas would be great!