So....I'm officially going with the fibromyalgia diagnosis. The tests all came back pretty normal. No lupus, no inflammation or rheumatoid factor. My magnesium was low, so I'm pillin' it up for that. There was strep in my urine, but i have no symptoms of a UTI, so we aren't treating it. I tested positive for h.pylori again (been there, done that with the zillion antibiotic regimen to treat it, so I'll talk to my GP about it and probably will just ignore it). I stopped the mtx and arthrotec and am slowly increasing my Lyrica dose from 75mg 2x a day to around 200mg 2x a day.
I'm not sure why, but....this week has been AMAZING!!!! I've had my first completely pain free days since July 2009! I had 2 of them! And the rest of the week the pain was minimal...maybe a 2 or 3 out of 10. It was great!! I also had a lot less fatigue.
I've been really busy. My photography business is booming, Carly and Jake had tech week this week for a show they are in. They performed Friday night (with cast dinner after), Saturday matinee (with cast lunch after), Saturday night (I said heck no to cast dinner last night because I was too tired!!!!), and today is the last show at 2:00. I'm photographer of the show and I also photographed Carly's high school pop choir show (which was LAST weekend), so vie been editing every moment of my barely existent spare time. Saturday night I was up till 3:00 a.m. preparing/packaging four lacrosse teams' photo orders and working on a collage for the director of the play the kids are in.
So, guess what? Today I really hurt and feel like crap. I felt my knees getting "warmish" feeling last night, but today~full-on pain. Ugh. My knees, fingers, and ankles hurt. I feel flu-ish and yuck. I still have to take the portraits of the actors today before the last show which means setting up backdrop, lights, etc.
I guess I need to learn to NOT overdo it when I feel well. It's just...it had been so long and it was really nice to have energy and to not hurt again. I couldn't waste the opportunity to be productive.....
Still not 100% convinced I don't have sero-negative RA, but I guess 3 out of 4 doctors must be right.
Have a good day all and thanks for reading and for all your helpful and friendly comments.