I just thought I'd write an update as I hope this will inspire others with diagnosis difficulties not to give up!.
I had an emergency Rheumy nurse appointment that has resulted in me being put back onto MTX after a nine year break from DMARDS!. I haven't been very well for 2-3 years and had battled with them all to no avail until now!. The Rheumy nurse was smart in noticing that suddenly in my bloods I had high ferritin levels!. ( nurses are worth their weight in gold)!. As this reading is indicative of chronic inflammation the Rheumy's finally acted!. I gather from research it's an acute phase protein that can go artificially high in cases of chronic illness anaemia!.
I wonder how prevalent this is so would love to hear from you who've had this come up?. I'm pleased after years of negative bloods for lupus/ UCTD that they've found a new marker that actually matched how I've been feeling!. As we know so often it doesn't!.
I'm also hoping the MTX will help my toe as its slightly better from the steroid injection I've just had but still very painful to walk. Podiatry and Orthapaedic Surgeon appts in the new year!.
I know it will help the arthritis as I've taken it before and it helped greatly so looking forward to feeling better. Just remember for bloods that if it's not asked for , it can't be found and a breakthru can suddenly happen for those of you who might be struggling!.
Wishing you all a very Healthy Christmas and New Year and thanks so much for all your help and advice this year lovelies.