Ok, the injections I had three weeks ago only lasted 10 days before I was in agony again. Managed to get an emergency appt with my lovely rheumy nurse this a.m. She was quite shocked to see the state I was in. Everything was swollen, hot and tender and my hands had frozen into a claw shape. After gently examining my joints, she reached my knees and said 'how long have you had this purple rash?' Eeek! Didn't even realise I had it - all over my knees was a very pretty lacey purple pattern. Cue the specialist being called in. (By this time, I was in tears with the pain).
Another two steroid injections in the derriere, six weeks worth of steroid tablets (welcome back, moonface), moved onto methotrexate injections (how the hell am I going to cope with those!) and a whole raft of new blood tests, specifically for lupus.
Specialist thinks there is some new underlying disease going on. Anyone else experienced anything like this?