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Pain in joints

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  • Posted By: dawndawn72
  • December 6, 2007
  • 06:39 PM

About 3 weeks ago I had a sore elbow - thought it was from working out. By the weekend, I could not move it with tears. Then, woke up stiff and could not even walk up stairs. Pain moved into hands, fingers, feet, ankles and knees. My ankles started swelling and burning last week, so I went to the doctor. My sed rate and globulin was high, but my ANA was negative along with my rheumatoid factor. Yesterday I was achy, hot, miserable like the flu. (I had the flu shot 2 months ago) Went to see her again and she gave me a steriod pack. today feel much better, but ankles are still very swollen and warm. Please help! I don't want to be told I have fibromyalgia, but don't know what else it could be. She is also checking me for lymes dz and rocky mountain spotted fever, but I have not been anywhere where ticks would be and I don't have any inflammed rash or bite, that test will take a week to get back!

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  • Just remember... there is no test that can say you don't have Lyme Disease. The testing is really bad. Steroids are horrible for you if you do have Lyme. Go to http://www.lymenet.org to the discussion forum and outline your symptoms there. It's very informative and supportive. Your symptoms indicate that you could have it.Ticks are everywhere and most people never see a rash. Don't let this go with a Fibro diagnosis because I did and I was almost dead before I finally got the correct diagnosis.Jen
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2007
    • 01:21 AM
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  • If you live/have recently traveled to the East coast, Northeast, or in the Upper Midwest you should suspect Lyme disease. It is a very insidious tick-borne bacterial infection that can cause long-term illness and especially chronic arthritis. Most people diagnosed with Lyme report never remembering seeing a tick or developing the familiar "bulls-eye" rash but develop many odd chronic problems with arthritis topping the list of the more common ones. People have been sick for years with it and get wrongly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia, MS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, as well as others. Its treatable with anti-biotics (particularly Doxycycline) although difficult to completely irradicate in chronic cases. If you choose to get tested I would opt to use the Western blot test because the ELISA blood test is commonly produces false negative results. Hang in there and good luck!
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