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Were any blood work or medical imaging done for these symptoms?
Did you mention about these to your rheumatologist?
I hve not spoken to my Rheumatologist about these symptoms. I just assumed they were part of the Arthritis 'package'. The only blood tests I have had are the regular ones every 3 weeks, before the Mycrosin injection. These are recorded in a booklet and are consistently within the same (presumably) acceptable range.
The blood tests are for HB, MCV, WBC, Platelets, Neurophils, Lymphocytes, ALT,Creatinine, CRP. There is another category which has recently appeared on the list but it is handwritten and may be GFR (reading for this is 80). Cheers
Hello and welcome.
Thanks for the detailed information. Your symptoms can be due to Rheumatoid arthritis (it may affect the nerves). Though the more likely cause is side effects of the medicine (methotrexate or prednisone can be responsible) or peripheral neuropathy due to other causes. Your physician may need to get the following investigations done;
1) Electromyography/nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS)
2) MRI of the spine and brain
3) blood glucose, glucose tolerance test and glycosylated hemoglobin
4) serum B12 level with methylmalonic acid (with or without homocysteine),
5) serum protein electrophoresis
This should give the diagnosis and guidelines for the management.
Please feel free for your follow up questions.