posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 04:33 PM
reply to post by Dustytoad
There was a time that I literally almost never got sick. I would get a bug maybe every couple of years. I had never been hospitalized, never took
medication, healthy as a horse as my dear old dad would say.
Then one day something changed and I suddenly had all these weird symptoms, major fatigue, and just felt off.
It took two years of seeing dozen or more docs, various tests, scans, etc before they finally figured it out. It was only when the joint pain finally
appeared that my blood work stopped coming back normal.
I was also diagnosed fibromyalgia, a diagnosis that I have never felt was right, and, have never agreed with.
Your immune system basically mistakes healthy tissue for an infection and attacks it.
I would suggest for OP to visit with a Rheumatologist and get repeat blood work and an MRI of the hands.
Blood tests should include:
Rheumatoid factor, Anti-CCP antibody, C-reactive protein, Sed rate and a standard CBC to check for anemia and an elevated white blood cell count.
I have a strong intuition that RA is the culprit. RV, is a rare complication that affects RA patients. Rheumatoid arthritis affects 3% of the
population with a rate of 1% out of those with the complication of Rheumatoid Vasculitis.
If this is the case, it's so rare that a doc might over look it just because they have never encountered and not had any experience with it.