I haven't been around for about 9 months, since the doctors said I don't have RA and my symptoms of severe joints pain will never come back.
Well, surprise surprise, they were wrong and it started coming back a few weeks ago. And I'm now facing the same MRI, x-rays and blood tests as before and will probably hear at the end, again, that I don't have RA or any other chronic disease and it's only low levels of information induced by stress.
Although there's still a small part of me hopping that they're right, I mostly believe this is early RA. I just don't see any other logical explanation from all the possible diagnoses out there.
I was wondering if for any of you the RA started in the same low levels, with a lot of pain, but, no visible inflammation. The pain is also fluctuating a lot, starts in some joints for 2-3 days and then moves to others. I was taking NASDAs for two weeks from the moment the flare started and then been resting a lot for almost two weeks, and I think it's now getting under control and it's close to be over. Does that sound like a very moderate flare of RA? I got pretty quick to the rheumi this time and he did ultrasound to the most painful joint, he found the exact point of pain in a small joint in my shoulder, but, he showed me there was no sign of inflammation there. The pain started only two days before, so I'm not sure what can be seen in ultrasound after 2 days. But, his conclusion was that I have no inflammation in any of my joints and he believes it's something else, hence, all the redo of the tests I did last year.
I would be very interested to know if that sounds familiar to any of you. I'm pretty frustrated from not knowing what I have and be in the same situation again after less than a year...