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So I've come down with a terrible sinus infection/upper respitory thing and couldn't get in with my doctor, so went to prompt care. I told him about the joint pain I had with it (it was so horrible I could hardly move) and he asked how long that had been going on... I told him for quite a while, and that I've been going to doctors trying to find out whats wrong with me but they keep saying I'm depressed.... to which he said "no one has done any blood tests?"

He took my blood, and the results came back positive for inflammation...

I'm a little shocked at the fact prompt care was the one to find this. But I am so happy that they listened to me and did the test. I feel so much better knowing for a fact I am not crazy! They are reffering me to a rhuematologist.... but, what exactly does positve for inflammation mean??? and any idea of what I might be in for????

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missy.
 

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Hi Missay,

Testing for inflammation is pretty "basic" as far as blood tests go but it is great that they took you seriously and did that :woohoo:

Having inflammation show up is very helpful to you in your situation right now especially if you get a referral out of it.

The rheumatlologist will then want to hear about your history, symptoms and so on and will order much more complex blood tests. It will probably take quite a while to have any firm answers but it's a very good step in the right direction :)

Keep us posted, I hope you get the appointment soon. If you get a choice try and make sure you get in and see an auto-immune specialist - you can ask for recommendations here on the forum in the find a doctor section.

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Hi Missay,

It is defiantly a step in the right direction.:yes: Wonderful that the doc at prompt care was on the ball.

The thing that I can add along with Katharine is take pictures of rashes or anything else that will go away before the appointment. Take them along and show them to the doctor when you see them. Don't be surprised if the doctor wants to keep the pictures.

Please keep us posted on how things are going along with you.

Love,
Lyn
 
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