My rapid spiral downwards #1

June 14, 2010

I mentioned in the last post about the initial pain and discomfort in my shoulders. It was strange and uncomfortable, as if I’d slept funny. This quickly escalated and every morning my fingers were swollen and sore, my wrists were aching and all of a sudden I couldn’t fit my two rings on my fingers that I had been wearing for years. They couldn’t slide over my knuckes…I realised at this point something was wrong.

When I finally dragged myself to my doctor I knew something was serious by his reaction and the discussion he had with his student doctor. I can’t remember now the details of what they were guessing at but I do remember being a bit nervous, especially when they asked if I’d been bitten by something recently. Lime disease was running through my head…but apparently we don’t get that here in Australia.

So I was sent for blood tests.

And more blood tests.

Then my doctor sent me to a rheumatologist, they suspected rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatologist visits

I was really lucky to get into a rheumatologist the next week, this can take 6-8 weeks normally. I am also insanely lucky that my rheumy suspected Mixed Connective Tissue Disease early on. My blood work wasn’t actually showing all signs of MCTD or lupus but my symptoms could not be ignored.

It’s very easy for me to tick off quickly what symptoms I had from joint pain to lethargy but I don’t think that really paints the picture for what I, or my family and flatmates went through during that time. I literally felt as though my body had aged within a few months.

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One Response to “My rapid spiral downwards #1”

  1. […] you read about how it all started for me? Read my Rapid Spiral Downwards #1 Posted by naomijoyce83 Filed in Uncategorized ·Tags: lupus, orudis, plaquenil, […]

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