Pain in hands & Positive ANA
Hi all! I am waiting to see a rheumatologist and am feeling a bit nervous. I have had lower back pain for years with no structural problems. The ortho told me it was facet syndrome or basically arthritis (his words). I have taken levo for Hashimoto's for 10 years, TSH is a little over 1. The reason I went to the doctor this time was for pain in my hands that feels like arthritis. (I am 38) It hurts to hold pots and pain, squeeze things, my hands feel generally weak and prefer to be curled up. This happened rather quickly. I asked to be tested for RA.
The RA test was negative, CRP negative, but I had an ANA titre of 1:160, so my doctor referred me to a rheumatologist. I am always tired, and recently had to quit working out because it causes too much pain (lower back, butt, knees, back of leg, feet). I also have anxiety/panic attacks but recently stopped taking xanax and am coping without medication. I am a recovering alcoholic and I have had 4 children.
Is this all just part of getting older? Is the positive ANA just the Hashi's? I am scared the arthritis in my hands will get worse. My job is highly dependent on using my hands.
Thanks in advance. I can't stop worrying.