What tests did your rheumatologist run? X-rays? MRI? Nuclear bone and joint scan? Did he check your ANA? There are lots of tests they can run to rule in or out various auto-immune diseases.
Regarding your elevated c reactive protein. That can be inflammation. If you are worried about your heart, do not wait, call a cardiologist and make an appointment. Get a doctor referral to one if you need it.
I have been on Plaquenil for 4 months and methotrexate for 1 month. The plaquenil did not cut it for me - I hope you have better luck.
Thanks for replying. After receiving your post, I called my rheumatologist office and asked for a copy of the blood work.
The only thing that it shows is that Alpha-2 globulins are slighted elevated, albumin is low, B-12 is slightly low and the sed rate is 53.
I have been trying to find out more about lupus and/or arthritis but I really feel more confused.
This may be a strange symptom but I am having trouble coming up with common words when I am talking to someone. My memory has been getting worse.
Thanks again for your reply.
Hi, it sounds to me like this rheumatologist is not really helping you. At the very least, you should go back and INSIST on a diagnosis. I went to three specialists for my knee, and now I'm going to a rheumatologist because I have a lot of other joint pain besides the knees. Also, I don't like taking too many drugs, so if the doctor doesn't tell me WHY I'm taking something and what it's for, I'm not taking it.
Just my opinion, but I would say keep trying to find a doctor who takes you seriously.
You need your Thyroid checked, just my opinion with them symptoms and it can cause brainfog as well.