Its been a while since I posted- my last post was that I had been sent for generic blood tests, which came back with vitamin D deficiency and I had slightly raised liver enzymes.
A liver profile test was then done which showed everything as normal.
However, I have had terrible pain in my back and feet all over the Xmas period up until now, constant mouth ulcers and a flare of the rash on my face. I went to the GP last friday and demanded autoimmune blood tests as the next step, as I've had enough.
He was very sympathetic about getting to the bottom of this and I think having a book listing my symptoms and flare ups made the difference. He has requested the following:
- C Reactive Protein - Connective tissue ANA screen - Rheumatoid factor - Coeliac (Tissue transglutaminase IgA)
I will get the results next Wednesday unless the hospital contacts me before then.
He also prescribed me with 2 x75mg/daily of Pregabalin for the pain and anxiety (I am off work until 7th February and only getting statutory sick pay so it's been a stressful time) but it doesn't seem to work very well for the pain. Was anyone else prescribed this for pain? How did you find it?
He has suggested that if the results come back negative then I have Fybro instead. I'm not sure what I think about that- I belive I am suffering with Lupus and Sjorgens. I have every nearly every symptom. I'm not sure what to do if the Ana doesn't show.
How would I go about getting tested for Sjorgens too? I have a constantly dry mouth no matter how much I drink, gritty dry eyes which my optician picked up on and receding gums. I didn't mention this to my gp as I felt I was pushing my luck with my 10 minute appointment as it was.
Can I still request a referral to a Rheumatologist if my results come back negative from the bloods?
Thanks in advance guys 😊 x