Good morning to the UK from the states.
Seeking some input this am:
I've developed a marble-sized nodule on the extensor surface of my elbow. It is a soft tissue lump, but hard and fixed. I also have some tenderness in that elbow now.
I'm a little concerned bc the lump seems to meet diagnostic criteria for a rheumatoid arthritis nodule. I was "only" diagnosed w PMR in Nov and am on 12 mgs pred right now w minimal PMR pain. I've had curious lung symptoms for ~a year before my PMR diagnosis last Nov (my lungs almost always feel like they're burning just a tad - sometimes worse than others) -- the rhuemy calls it "pleurisy". The lung symptoms seem to worsen when the malaise and wrist burning and general achiness increase - what Ihave thought were minor PMR flares.
I was rheumatoid factor RF negative in November, however at that time my RF had more that doubled since the baseline test 6 mos prior. Have not had it tested since Nov.
My questions are:
Has anyone progressed from PMR to rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
Does anyone know stats for PMR diagnosis leading to RA diagnosis?