Or do I dare ask that question?
My hands have been hurting and swollen. So the last time I was in to see the doc I asked him if we could do the blood test to see if I had Scleroderma. I just got back from the doc, as he has received my results. My Rheumatoid Factor is above the normal range and my ANA result is Positive Abnormal. Now I know I’m abnormal, but to actually see it on the test … well …
Basically what this means is that I have to be referred to a Rheumatologist who will then do more testing to narrow down what I have. My doc feels I have one of the following: Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus or Scleroderma. Of these three I hope I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have seen with my own eyes what Scleroderma can do, as I had a sister who died from this disease. Lupus is not much better. But…now I get to play the waiting game as the Rheumatologists in this area are only in Reno and the wait is about 3 to 4 weeks or longer.
I’ve been using a squishy ball to massage my hands. Plus using lotion every time I wash my hands to keep them from drying out.
Have I told you how much this getting old stuff really stinks??? Well it does!!!!