Hi again from the great and sadly specialist empty state of Tennessee. I have my first appointment with a rheumatologist this coming Monday and I have a question on Hughes that hopefully the group can provide some insight on before I see him.
In October I started to develop mild pain in one of my joints. Nothing major at all, and it did come and go. It ramped up in December when I began suffering with a sinus infection that refused to leave. My doctor weighed the risks when I saw her at the end of January and put me on antibiotics and made the consult to the rheumatologist at the same time.
I finished the script, (the infection went away) but I realized that my pain had as well. I've never had a Hughes flare as far as I know (I have had periods of severe migraines and random pain before my diagnosis) which also went away with a round of antibiotics. Is it possible I was experiencing a flare due to my immune system trying to fight off a secondary infection?
I apologize if the question is out of left field and a completely inaccurate assumption but there are so few resources here that my current doctor and I are both assuming everything that happens to me is due to the Hughes because "It's better to be safe than sorry"
If that's the case, since I'm not in pain right now, is there anything a Rheumatolgist can do?