What if all my tests come back negative?
By June 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm 978 8
Four months ago both my hands & fingers started hurting. I assumed I had over used them and that they were sore. Within a few days, the pain worsened and my fingers were swollen and stiff, especially in the mornings and if I used them. I also started feeling achy & running low grade fevers mostly at night. I went to see my pcp and he ran some lab work & everything but my esr came back normal. He gave me prednisone & tramadol to help with the pain. I returned 2 weeks later because I had to stop taking the prednisone due to stomach problems and the tramadol, I can only take when my pain is severe because it keeps me awake. My pcp referred me to a rheumatologist and he did more labs, but instead of focusing on my hands, he diagnosed me with fibromyalgia & told me that maybe my symptoms in my hands would just go away. I have a recheck with him in July. He gave me diflucen and that's it. Which I might add does not do me any good. My hands have not gotten better. Two spots on my joints have red sore areas which he said were just my phalanges? My endocrinologist believes my hands to be systemic especially since my thyroid is auto immune. I too believe I have RA. So what do I do? Wait a year down the road to be retested or wait until my joints are deformed? Second opinion? I hurt all over; my hands are sore, stiff and swollen, and all I want is an answer, a diagnosis so that I can get something for relief. I want to feel good again.