I was referred urgently by my GP to a Rheumatologist following persistent joint problems, a previously diagnosed hip bursitis, high white blood cell count, Negative Rheumatoid Factor, raised CRP and a 'weakly positive' ANA test (homogenous and speckled).
Rheumatologist ordered various x rays, ultrasounds and full spine MRI, plus further blood tests including dsDNA and in letter to GP said 'the question is whether there is something inflammatory going on related to something like a spondylarthritis CTD'.
I've seen the MRI images and whilst I have no idea what it any of them mean, you can clearly seen various black discs on my spine (so of course I have googled it and worried myself ).
My follow up Rheumatology appointment is this week. What should I ask? What are the things I need to ask or say? I have spent too much time reading on the internet and have got myself in a bit of a tizz - RA, Lupus, Connective Tissue Disease +++
My additional persistent symptoms include:
Severe Plantar Fasciits
fatigue (although the Rheumatologist didn't ask about this and I have recently attributed to over tiredness)
Numbness/pins and needles in hands/arms
neck pain + lower back pain radiating down thighs
tendency towards depression.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can give. Until about 3 months ago I had joined the dots between any of these symptoms and thought it was 'just me'. But since the first Rheumatology appointment I am beginning to realise there is something going on, but what?