| | Am I crazy?
I'm just not sure if this is arthritis. Here is my deal.
About 3 years ago, I got a nasty URI. It started the day after Thanksgiving, I kept getting sick on and off, finally the firrst week of Feb I felt better. I had a slew of strep tests and throat cultures, all negative. Mono spot was negative too. After this illness to the present day I get a low grade fever and feel like I have a horrible flu. It lasts about 24 hours. Sometimes it's once a month, sometimes every other. This past year my knees really started hurting. I thought nothing of it due to obesity. Now the past couple of months my hands will hurt and swell, occasionally turning red. It started just a day or two now the pain is almost constant and now it is in my wrists and elbows. I had a negative RA factor and ANA, slightly elevated sed rate and CRP. My PCP is sending me to an Infectious Disesae Dr. She said if the ID Dr doesn't find anything, then I go to a Rheumatologist. I think I should have just skipped the ID Dr. It sounds like RA to me but I have the normal labs. Can those of you with experience give me some insight. Does it sound like something else or like RA? Thanks!