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Muscle and joint pain in hands,feet and chest - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have muscle & joint pain especially in my hands feet and chest are and confirmed non scarring alopecia. My CRP was positive and my sed rate was high and lately Ive been noticing red bruise like areas on my palms along with white circles? any clue?
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   i am also on a tapered dose of prednisone and this time it hasn't helped
User :   Hello I am XXXXXXXX Im 23 year old female
Doctor :   Have got R A Factor test done ?
User :   i did a few months and it was negative so was the ANA
User :   but then it all got worse
User :   it started in March when i tested positive for lymes disease and epstein barr
User :   i just had a monospot test done last week and it was positive again
Doctor :   ok, Infectious mononucleosis can be a chance here
User :   yess but ive testes positive for mono for a bout a year
Doctor :   small joint pain and the rashes are typical symptoms
User :   I was also having problems with my eyes and getting blinding headaches along with being thirsty all the time
Doctor :   most of the chronic viral illness es do present this way
User :   Ive never had a sore throat or swollen spleen or anything
Doctor :   and the vision problems you have could be caused by petichae which is the reason for the rashes
User :   Every titer done for EBV is still very high and its been a year
User :   ooooo like bleeding?
User :   i also tested positive for the antibody for betaglycoprotein
Doctor :   not bleeding as such , they present as rashes from a pin head size to some cm wide rashes
User :   ooo ok it doesnt itch or anything but its painful to the touch
User :   and soemtimes I cannot move my hands or legs. they lock up
Doctor :   the symptoms are typical , the CRP , small joint pain , rashes , raised ESR
Doctor :   its kind of auto immune response
User :   of mono? for a year?
User :   then why arent the steroids working?
Doctor :   yes, not a disease per say , it could be called as complication
User :   hair loss?
User :   i have to wear wigs because i lost half of my hair
Doctor :   its a long term immune response to the viral proteins
User :   what about the positive lymes disease test?
Doctor :   Since how many days are you on steroids ?
Doctor :   Dosage and the name ?
User :   ive done 3 rounds ... 2 weeks at a time of prednisone starting at 25 mg
User :   im also on plaquenil
User :   tried mobic and that didn't work
User :   one of my doctors thinks that I have lupus
User :   but the muscle spasms are weird and sometimes i wake up in the middle of the night and my whole body is numb
Doctor :   How many times did you get ANA tested ?
User :   just once
Doctor :   And when was that done ?
User :   a few months ago
Doctor :   ok, here it is , i would ask you to get the ANA repeated to rule out LUPUS as one test do not confirm
User :   also this coincidentally all started happening to me when I got back from east africa
Doctor :   and Lymes also can be a possibility ,
User :   okay, and what about MS? another doctor had mentioned that to me
User :   i had the lymes in March and completed a round of doxycicline
Doctor :   does the rash have a bulls eye appearence ?
User :   no it just looks like brusies under my skin on my palms and feet
Doctor :   no , MS cannot be a chance according to me
User :   and on my back
User :   my back pain is pretty bad but a lot worse when i breathe in
Doctor :   is the pain in the joints or muscles ?
User :   both
User :   my whole body always hurts a bit but my hands are the worst and sometimes I cannot type or write and even the feeling of water on them makes them pain
User :   by back and chest is bad at the end of the day and my eyes are bad in sunlight
User :   i also have some enlarged lymphnodes
Doctor :   ok,
User :   Ive been to many doctors and they all have different opinions bases on the bloods...everyone seems to agree that it is autoimmune but nothing else and i was told it would go away in a few months and then my hair started falling out and everything got worse and now its been a year
Doctor :   according to your history , i still stick to my probable diagnosis of mono complication , yes your symptoms are very typical
Doctor :   and yes, ruling out lupus is also necessary here , and a repeat test is needed
Doctor :   Lyms may not be a much considered chance here
Doctor :   and in both the diagnosis , steroids are the main stay treatment
User :   okay mono complication just seems so vague
User :   i never even had mono
User :   just a positive test
User :   but I okay then thank you very much for your help!
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   take care
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