My rheumatologist is stumped. My antibodies are negative. There is no invlammation in my joints. I don't have enough points for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. My sedimentation test was "mild." She asked how I felt on the six-day steroid burst. I didn't pay attention to anything except my breathing. I'm on a ten-day trial of 10 mg Prednisone per day now. If it helps, she said she will call it "a weird rheumatoid arthritis." If not, I'll stop the steroids and talk with Dr. H. about pain management. I don't know how we will accomplish this since I have no diagnosis. Needless to say, I hope the steroids help even though they send my moods on a crazy roller coaster. Pain sends my moods on a crazy roller coaster as well. If the steroids help, at least I'll use less pain meds. There are two remaining tests to do; and they will be done on Friday. We will see what happens.
When I get back from dog training, I will detox from salicylates as completely as possible (minus my medications) and begin the real testing. I haven't paid much mind to anything except the extremely high foods. I'm certain that this has helped me; but a complete detox would be very hard on me and I wouldn't maintain it in training anyway.
Inca has forgiven me for sending Meg downstairs. After weeks of yowling and hiding on the couch, she is asleep on her pillow!