What is the process of diagnosis
This will be a long one and maybe confusing so please bear with me ...I have always known I have arthritis.. wasn't sure what type. I still don't.
Mother and other relatives had feet broken and reset. We have the Heberden's nodes of fingers. These are the physical visual problems.
So the problems I have had for years I will work my way up.
Feet.. Night time burning throbbing toes.
Tops of feet very painful if I have walked alot or after resting. Or walking upstairs. I was told by my mother normal x-rays did not show her arthritis? No pain underneath. Normal X-ray a few years ago showed a little x-ray.
Legs ... Crackle and pop in both knees. However right leg always swollen. For a few weeks I was unable to bend it. Sat for long periods of time caused me unable to stand and walk. It feels like a tight band behind knee. Pain down shin and calf sometimes. Knee was x-ray recently and told I have moderate arthritis. I hobble when I walk now.
Left Leg.... Crackle and Pop though no pain apart from in bed when I can not turn over or sit up in bed due to severe pain in my left buttock area. Or hip. I'm quite confused 😅
Stomach always swollen suffer with IBS.
Left Shoulder severe pain. Certain movements I can't do because it's so painful. I am struggling to cut food or lift. I am waiting for a x-ray. When the DR touched my bones in that area it was painful. I am really itchy around my neck and chest.
Back middle of back say shoulder blades I have had burning for three years extra sensitive skin like sunburn. More recently it's spread and now spine hurts. Dr is sending me for physio for this.
Hands. Nodes. Splinter pain. Wrists can be sore and itch. My watch now irritating wrists leaving red sore patches
I'm on HRT which I thought had helped. In the past I had flare ups but they would go. This time there is no end.
Should I not be referred to a rheumatologist?
Should I not be investigated to determine the right treatment?
When I was pregnant ten years ago I could not walk for the last few months and unable walking up the stairs with my baby for two years because my brain could'nt lift my right legs up. It was very odd but ignored. I wonder if my body was traumatised with my pregnancy being an older unfit woman and now it's coming out.
Any suggestions advice would be wonderful I'm so lost at what I should be doing ❤️
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