- CASE FILE
Unexplained joint swelling in all joints has plagued me for the past 10 years but all bloodwork is normal; to include inflammation markers.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Around 2010, I woke up with “lumps” on my wrists. A trip to the doctor and he said it was ganglion cysts. I felt they weren’t and since then I’ve seen no less than 7 rheumatologists who have diagnosed me with chrons disease (negated by colonoscopy), yo Lyme disease, to reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis without psoriasis, and now, seronegative rheumatoid arthritis.
At least a gallon of blood has been taken and I’ve been tested for allergies, lupus, arthritis, MS, STIs, the gamut.
I travel a lot in my life and have been around the world with some illnesses. One in particular was a trip to Colombia in which I lost 50lbs in a 30 day period. I was also military and have had numerous vaccinations to which the VA states my condition is unrelated to Gulf War Illness or vaccines.
I’m 40 and wake up in pain daily. My fingers are the most prominently affected joints with visible sausage digits. My ankles and toes are swollen all of the time.
Medicines have been antibiotics, Enbrel, Humira, methotrexate, methylprednisone, and currently sulfasalazine. The only relief is with the prednisone. No NSAIDS affect my condition.
MRI shows extensive synovitis and tenisynovitis and no joint destruction. I have a binder with all bloodwork and image results that show nothing remarkable.
I truly feel that there is something that is going on that is not rheumatoid arthritis. I have no familial history or risk factors.