I am really confused due to unhelpful doctors (two saying very different things) and I hope someone might be able to give me a bit of insight.
I've been researching a load of conditions, and all my symptoms can only be accounted for by lupus or scleroderma, but my blood tests for ANA, inflammatory factor etc. have all came back negative. The tests did rule out conditions like hypothyroidism and coeliac disease One doctor told me this doesn't rule these two conditions out, while the other one said with certainty that it would show something if I had lupus or something similar. The second one thinks it's all in my head, which is lovely.
My symptoms are:
-Severe joint pain and weakness that moves around all the time in my lower and upper body. I'm 20 years old and I've been using a walking stick for weeks. However, now I am on an anti inflammatory (Naproxen) that has really helped. My knees sometimes buckle.
-Muscle aches, weakness, numbness and pains, particularly in legs. My thighs get really tense sometimes involuntarily, and feel rock hard.
-Burping and hiccuping started months ago, then turned to acid reflux constantly. Sometimes I am actually sick, but it's mostly a frothy bile liquid (sorry if tmi) with other liquids or food consumed. There's no pattern depending on certain foods etc. I can have three cups of tea in a day, but its only the third one that makes me sick, for example. Feels a bit like something, a type of liquid, is stuck in my throat.
-Serious bloating. Started as a random thing after meals, but is getting more and more constant. I look pregnant half the time, despite losing a stone in about six months
-Constipation that can go on for days, only to have 5 BMs in one day! (sorry tmi again)
-Rash that sometimes comes up on my chest/neck. Permanent rashes/discolouration on hands. I also have Reynaud's phenomenon, but have for years. My hands often wake me up in the night wish severe burning sensations, a bit like hot aches.
-Fatigue that is so bad that I feel like I have a brain fog and dizziness half the time. It's like waking up every day with a severe hangover. It doesn't matter whether I have 6, 8 or 12 hours sleep, I still feel exhausted. A trip to tescos makes me feel like I need a lie down.
-Upper abdominal pain, mainly on my sides of my ribs.
Does anyone else experience this?
Sorry, this post has became very long-winded. I am just so frustrated and fed up. I've had to take out a year from uni while I try get a diagnosis. However, because I had a traumatic incident early this year, one of my doctors is convinced its all some sort of depression that's causing me to imagine problems. I do not feel depressed at all, and know that I'm not imagining this. After the incident endometriosis symptoms flared up shortly before all of these symptoms came to light, and I have had a confirmed diagnosis of endo now. I'm wondering if stress has triggered both? Is that possible? And is it possible that I might still have some AI condition, despite negative test results?
I'm sounding very desperate now, but if anyone has been in a similar position to this, or knows a bit more on the subject, any help is greatly appreciated. I've demanded an appointment with a rheumatologist, but it isn't for a while yet, and want to consider all avenues rather than wait around when I'm barely functioning. I'm wondering if there are other conditions I should be looking into.
Thank you for reading all of this, I'd love to hear from you.