After a year of diagnostic testing, I was finally diagnosed with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis. I was first referred to a rheumatologist after my hands and one elbow were swollen for no apparent reason. My first set of lab work came back with a positive ANA but negative ESR, CRP & RH Factor. In fact for almost 2 years now, everything has been negative except my ANA tests. They’re always positive, homogenous and speckled. My symptoms have been all over the place, changing from day to day. The only constants are that I’m always exhausted and something always hurts. I trust my Rheumatologist, but I have my doubts that we’ve found the problem.
When I read the symptoms for RA, it makes sense, but when I compare myself to others, I don’t feel like I have RA. My joint pain symptoms are just slightly symmetrical. One side is always worse than the other. Above my waist, my right sided joints are worse than my left, and below my waist, the joints on the left are worse than the right. In every instance of swelling and pain, one side always presents before the other. The onset has never been the same.
I guess I am just worried that I am taking all of these medications, but the problem is actually something else. For those of you who have had an “unusual” presentation of symptoms, does any of this make sense?