Good Day everyone! So I've been suffering with joint pain and swelling since Nov 2014. I've been chronically anemic most of my life. My Rheumatologist was thinking RA or Lupus until one day I went for a routine followup with my Gastro for a routine colonoscopy. She asked about my symptoms and said she wanted to test me for Celiac. Not knowing much, I asked "why? I don't have any digestion problems." You can have atypical symptoms and it could be the source of your anemia and join pain. Sure enough, in June 2015, my lab work came back a high positive for Celiac and it was confirmed with a endoscopy.
I immediately took gluten out of my diet and started to feel somewhat better. Then life stress came my way and I went downhill again with constant fatigue, muscle and joint pain. I've just moved and I'm having to find new doctors and getting records transferred. Rheumatologist said we can't get a firm diagnosis of RA or Lupus until we treat Celiac. I've been so good with my diet and I'm having to take ibuprofen everyday to just take the edge of the pain.
This is very frustrating and I find my self very emotional daily. I know things can be worse but I've been a healthy person all my life. I know you guys understand better than my family since they haven't experienced these problems. I feel very alone sometimes. It feels like I'm just a complainer and I just need to eat well and take better care of myself but it's not that simple. Group hug :(..
Anyone experience similar diagnosis and symptoms?