I figured I would say hello!
I'm 15 years into what I thought was osteoarthritis and suddenly developed polyarthritis in a ton of new joints and had to take time off work due to back pain that didn't allow me to sit in a chair for any period of time. I saw a Rheumatologist who was impressed with all the hand, foot, ankle involvement (and chronic lung disease) and sent me off for xrays and labs, and started Cymbalta.
I have IgG deficiency so not suprisingly, my antibodies came back negative but the xrays showed inflammatory arthritis. We did 3 weeks of prednisone and I had pain relief for the first time in forever. I'm on 5 mg now, waiting for a sacroiliac MRI to figure out if this is a spondylarthropathy or rheumatoid arthritis, but I think everyone is leaning towards RA.
I've been feeling exhausted and generally unwell, and in pain for so long, I work 2 super demanding jobs, I'm worried about the future.
Anyone have any thoughts, suggestions for this waiting period?
thanks a million, not usually a complainer but would love some input.