I am almost at my wit's end with my health problems.
25 year old white female.
Tested negative for: lupus, RA, lyme disease, Chlamydia
Tested positive for: HLAB 27
Occasionally my knees fill up with fluid, but once it was drained / aspirated and injected with cortisone, the knees were fine.
Episodes / Health Problems:
At age 15, I had woke up with stiff hands and feet - couldn't stand up or touch anything without it being painful and extremely uncomfortable. No changes in my diet or routine previous to that episode day. The only odd sign was tingling in my fingertips the night before. Blood tests came back negative. Treated with 7- day prednisone pack, no further problems.
At 16, I was diagnosed with multi-nodular goiter / thyroid condition. I had a biopsy on done and was benign. Blood tests came back and I was neither hypo- nor hyperthyroid.
At 19, I woke up one morning with a stiff shoulder. No trauma / injury related. Which ended up progressing into a limited range of motion shoulder and I couldn't move it at all. I had a shoulder arthroscopy at 21, showed high inflammation, bone chips and torn ligaments.
At 21, another odd episode occurred: the night before, tingling fingertips again and the next morning, I woke up with a swollen / puffy face, cheeks and lips. Hives on my back. Hardly could open my eyes. Doctor's didn't believe it was allergy related. Blood test showed HLAB 27 positive. Treated with 7-day prednisone pack and symptoms gone.
At 22, one knee (right side) filled up with fluid. Again, no trauma / injury related. Knee drained and shot with cortisone. The synovial fluid showed no bacteria or infection, mild inflammation.
At 23, both knees (left and right side) filled up with fluid. Again, no trauma / injury related. Knees drained and shot with cortisone. The synovial fluid showed no bacteria or infection, mild inflammation.
At 25, both knees (left and right side) filled up with fluid. Again, no trauma / injury related. Knees drained and shot with cortisone. The synovial fluid showed no bacteria or infection, mild inflammation. However, this time...the knee draining only lasted about 2.5 weeks before returning.
At 25, knees drained 4 weeks after last draining and it returned the next day. No injections given. Muscles around the knee are sore and stiff. Started sulfazine at 500 mg three times a day and prednisone at 5mg one time a day.
At 25, a month after last draining, knees still full of fluid and I feel like I'm suffering from atrophy from not being able to exercise the knee.
Which brings me to today, I'm going in for an MRI on both of my knees next week. I have been told I have reactive arthritis...but doesn't that go away after sometime? I am not sure why my knees are in such bad shape and why they keep filling up with fluid.
Does anyone have a similar problem? Suggestions?