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Saw my doctor the other day and I'm a little confused.
I'm 27 years old and male. My doctor thinks I am feeling damage from JIA that wasnt caught.
I've had knee and jaw problems growing up amd the occasional tender joint that I remember, but thats all.
My pain started after a big 3 years ago after a small episode of shingles. The pain was in the tips of my fingers and toes after the shingles left (only on my waist). Saw the doctor, got. MRIs, xrays, CT scans, and saw a neurologist and got some nerve tests done. Blood work initially had elevated alt and ast enzymes, but now they are normal. Everything else was normal.
Recently, last 6 months, due to an increase of pain and now joint pain, I got to a rheumatologist. The pain is now most of my finger joints, my thumbs, my wrists, shoulders, elbows, knees, and feet. They ran an ANA test and it was 1:160 speckled. Ran other tests and everyhting was negative aside from a slightly elevated cpk of 300. Both tests not really saying much. He said my fingers appreare to have lumps and bumps, but the xrays came back normal.
Wouldn't this joint pain show up on some xray? Also, why is it both sets of joints? I thought this was uncommon.
He gave me mexloxican which is helping. He also gave my some steroid pack incase it gets really bad. He said if the pack helps I should got back for more exams.
Does this sound like anybody else here?
Not really sure where to go from here. Sorry for the wall of text and any help is appreciated.