While nothing definite doc is leaning toward lupus.....and while I have two separate issues going on (bad cervical spine and wrist/knuckles/fingers) he did start me on Plaquenil and Vit D July 3rd. This visit he also really looked at my hands and told me I had Raynolds as they were bluish! I kept saying no, they don't get white or painful in the cold. Humph! Plaquenil hasn't had enough time to show any results, so this week he agreed to do a trial of prednisone 5 mg a day and I am to phone him in 2 weeks with results. I got the Rx and took 5mg at 5 pm that day and then the next morning before going to work. At lunchtime I noticed my wristwatch was hanging around my wrist like a bracelet and I could fully close my fingers into a fist! Also my neck pain had dropped to a '1'. It was the first pain free day I have had in almost a year!!! So will get a repeat Vit D lab test, and a baseline osteoporsis x-ray thing (I'm 62.) Next month, I may consider a pulmonary function test for my increasing episodes of hitting a brick wall when taking a breath (just sometimes.)
My GERD had gotten worse, awakening me with dry hacking cough, or cough after I awaken in the am. He gave me a trial pack of Kapidex (dexlansoprazole) as it is a delayed release med, to see if it will last longer than the priliosec otc.
I know this was done mostly as a diagnostic challenge, but it sure felt good! And thanks to this board, I now have my own copy of the latest edition of Wallace's book. It has really helped me connect the dots!
Just thought I would report in with my good news