Hi everyone I've been suffering with joint pain and stiffness for 2 years now it is worst in my left knee but also in my right knee and both ankles, I also get lower back pain and some pain at the base of my thumb and very occasionally my wrists. I also get quite a few rashes, blisters on my elbows and a purpuric rash on my shins and some other irregular rashes on my legs. I also get very tired and lethargic and get a lot of headaches.
I have seen a rheuamatologist twice but I am not due to see him again till November so see my gp regularly. My diagnosis so far is probably some sort of seronegative spondyarthopathy?
My current meds being managed by my gp are
Depo medrone injection
Oral prednisolone between 5 -15 mg a day depending on how I am
Arcoxia 30mg a day.
I do have side effects from the meds, swelling/odema in my legs, heartburn, nausea and the most depressing of all about a 15lb weight gain
which doesn't help getting getting about.
I initially had negative blood tests, but a few months ago just my esr was 60
My recent blood tests were
Antinuclear antibody 1:160
celiac TTG negative
Does anyone know what these mean, in particular the antinuclear antibody and the ige.
Other things I get that maybe unrelated are, chronic constipation which is now alternating with diarrhoea, I get very bloated and gassy with stomach pains. I get chronic inflammation in my ear canal and sinutitis.
Sorry this is a long post, was just wondering if anyone has any advice to offer, or could help me understand the bloods and where is go from here, I am not happy taking the steroids but I don't think I have any other options at least until I see the rheumatologist in November.
Thank you in advance
Oh by the way I'm 37