Hi Helpline Team,
I've been diagnosed with ReA, that started appearing after a bout of pneumonia early this year. Symptoms first started in my knees, but within a few months had spread to my ankles/heels/feet, and is now also affecting hips, back, wrists and fingers, and the pains I'm having are just getting worse and worse.
I went to see my GP, who referred me to rheumatologist. He confirmed the GP's suspicions of this being Reactive Arthritis and suggested a course of Celecoxib, hoping that will help my symptoms to clear.
I have no signs of inflammation (swelling, redness etc) apart from the odd occasion (ankles and big toes), and all inflammatory markers are negative (CRP, ESR and Rheumatoid factor).
The rheumatologist I saw suspects the bacteria that caused my problems are Mycoplasma and that it will eventually clear on it's own.
After some research online I found information stating that Mycoplasma, being a very versatile and adaptable bacteria, can cause severe nerve and joint damage.
Is this true? Could this be doing damage to my joints even though I don't have any obvious signs of inflammation? I only worry because my pains are getting worse, and are changing (more, sharp pains in the front and side of knees, aswell as in my feet and ankles).
Thanks for listening.