When I look back my symptoms started about 4-5 months ago. Exhaustion, painful feet, knees, night sweats, hot body temp during the day, mouth ulcers, diarrhoea on and off for no reason, swollen ankles and feet, stiff legs and feet on a morning. But I put all that down to working full time, 46 yrs old, over weight and a house and two boys to look after on my own. Then on 1st September I started with an itch all over my body and I mean everywhere. I'm a health visitor so considered all the usual causes, body products, washing powder, food and took an antihistamine. 4 days later after very little sleep from scratching I consulted my GP who took blood. The results showed an inflammatory process somewhere in my body. He ruled out my kidneys, liver, cancer, blood disorders and anaemia so decided to screen me for RA. The itch eventually went after 10 days.
As I waited for the results I had a relaxing holiday with friends in Kos. I laid in the sun, eat sensibly and didn't drink too much. But as the week went on I felt worse. I was utterly exhausted and getting worse as my friends were pepping up. Constant pain in my knees, feet and what I can only describe as a fuzzy feeling from above my knees down which contributed to the shuffle foot steps I had to use or I think I would have fallen over. My feet and ankles were constantly swollen and got worse whilst I laid on the sun bed!
I could hardly walk off the plane, got home slept and the next day was just the same. I tried to work for two days but I was exhausted and my symptoms were no better. I saw the GP who told me the Rheumatoid factor was negative but the lab suggested screening for Lupus and sent sample to Leeds for ANA.
I am now off work some days I feeling a little better others all I can do I sleep. If I do anything I'm shattered and feel like I've walked a marathon. GP has given me Naproxen and made urgent referral to rheumatologist at Airedale general hospital near Keighley Which is on 28th October.
Would be good to here from others who have experienced similar and any advice gratefully received. I've read up on lupus and I'm a little confused now because blood tests don't seem to be conclusive. All the symptoms seem to fit apart from my skin is ok. If this is a flare up how long will it take me to feel good again?