I've had to leave work and come home. I'm in too much pain to be in the office.
I've got home to find a letter i've been dreading. My bloods have all come back normal apart from ESR (only slightly raised). This is what I feared most
My bloods were taken after 4 months on NSAIRDS and 4 days after I started a course of steroids, during a time when my pain and visible inflammation where both very low.
The specialist suspects palindromic rheumatism, which is characterised by periods between bouts of being completely normal, ok I am never pain free, but surely, bloods should be taken during a flare? I've just called the rheumatologists secretary, but my rheumy is still away on leave. She's going to ask another Dr to find out if i'd benefit from bloods being taken during a flare.