Yes, thank you for the information. I am now on Sulfasalazine and it doesn’t seem to be helping yet. I have only been on it a little over a week though. This medicine is kicking my butt so I’m not sure if I will stay on it. I didn’t realize but it is a low level DMARD which is an antibiotic mixed with an aspirin type NSAID. I was kind of out of it at my appointment so I have a lot of questions still for my doctor. My doctor asked about psoriasis but I don’t have that. I think I have symptoms of 2 types of inflammatory arthritis but not much showing in blood work. I feel like I have stiffness throughout my body so I wouldn’t be surprised if I have arthritis in other areas not tested.
I was referred to this new Rheumatologist by an Orthopedic doctor. He initially blamed my frozen shoulder and knee stuff on the diabetes. So it wasn’t until after he ran a test and did an X-ray that I was referred to the new arthritis doctor. I would definitely be persistent with your doctor. I actually was seeing a Rheumatologist for years and they never found anything. So fast forward to 4 almost 5 years later and something finally showed on X-ray. My new Rheumatologist also ran the new test that found HLA-B27.
Thanks I think the AS is a possibility since I do have symptoms. I’m just really confused since I have big and small joints affected. I do have RA and Lupus in my family genes along with Type 1 diabetes. So who knows. The Rheumatologist said they don’t think Lupus though.
I’m guessing it might take longer to figure out.