It has definitely been unpleasant. Back when my symptoms really started to get bad (but long before they were as bad as they are now) I went to that joint specialist and he did an ANA, a C-Reactive Protein and checked my SED rate. The ANA was negative, but in the notes below it is also said it was missing a vial. My CRP was 5.74 and the normal range is 0-3. My SED rate was also high at 25 with a normal range of 0-20. My WBC has bounced around from the high end of normal to a bit above normal the whole time also. And even with showing all the inflammation, no one has wanted to look any further into the cause. They just tell me to take ibuprofen. And if the joint pain was the only problem, that's probably what I would do, but it's the least worrisome of the lot.
Thanks for the link, zaynethepain. I'll look into it. Part of my biggest problem lately is I'm just too tired to do anything, including research any more. I get up, I hand my kids a pop tart or a granola bar instead of the hot breakfast I used to make every day and I go back to sleep on the couch the best I can while they watch tv. And I lay there all day, in pain, exhausted and miserable. Just walking is so painful any more that I just have my husband doing our grocery shopping and doing the laundry, and the dishes, and the vacuuming and anything else you can think of. I am completely useless.
My appointment is Friday and I have another one with someone else next Friday. I'll let you guys know. Thanks for the support