Pain when lying down
I was first diagnosed with Lupus 28 years ago. Apart from skin rashes and hair loss it has remained mild. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and started on Methotrexate together with the Hydroxychoraquine I was already taking.
I have felt unwell for the last couple of months with pain in my hands, wrists, elbow, knees and big toes. I was given a systemic steroid injection which didn’t ease the pain or swelling. My last blood results were normal and the rheumatology nurse has suggested that the pain is mechanical and I need to ‘learn to live with it ‘ My GP examined my joints and says that’s it’s inflammatory in nature and has written to my Consultant.
I have two questions . I am awaiting an MRI scan, do they scan the whole body or just one part ?
I’m experiencing intense pain in the muscles of my upper arms at night when I lay down. Is this a common symptom ? The pain wakes me frequently in the night and I’m unable to hold a glass to have a drink.
I’d be grateful for any advice whilst I await the scan and a response from my Consultant.