I am a new member to this site so excuse the errors (I already started this message and lost it once). I have been having problems for 13 years now and was diagnosed in 2002 with fibromyalgia. I have always thought that there was something else going on though as some of my symptoms didn't fit with fibro. For one I have problems with my hands, wrists and my feet. I also have problems in the morning with stiffness that lasts longer than 30mins. If I squeeze my knuckles the pain is awful (I had noticed that if someone shook my hand a bit hard I wanted to scream). i get this feeling that i am getting flu which just ends with aches all over and not flu. I am tired all the time sometimes it's hard to put one foot in front of the other. For the past couple of years I have been having trouble with dry eyes they are quite often swollen. I am constantly dropping things and have problems picking up things like tablets. Just recently I am getting a problem with breathlessness and find I can't keep my arms up whilst doing my hair. My father and older sister have seronegative RA, their esr started off in the lower teens for the first 8 to 10 years of their illness. My esr when measured recently was 14, it went up to 24 at one time. I am on tramadol for the fibro and 2400mg of brufren retard for osteo arthritis Would the ibuprofen I am taking effect the esr? I have seen a rheumatologist but he said my symptoms are fibro related and discharged me back to the doctor. I was looking through my test results and found one for the anti-CCP antibody level which was .50 positive, RF negative in 2008 and I am feeling much worse since then. I have a lump on my wrist which is very painful, the doctor sent me for an X-ray and the report came back as looking as though it was some kind of inflammatory arthritis and that I should be referred to a rheumatologist, so here we go again. I am sorry this is long winded but I wanted to tell it like it is and see if there is any advise out there that could help me. I need to be prepared next time I see the rheumatologist. I know there will be others with similar stories to mine. Picture of my gorgeous dog
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