** Originally posted by TaraFIU **
I posted about this in my PA or Chronic Lyme thread, so sorry if this is a repeat read for you. I got some good advice from one member, but I thought I might get more responses if I started another thread.
I have had chronic pain from Lyme for the past 15 years, but recently (past year or so) I have experienced an increase in pain (but it is variable come and go) and I suspect possible PA.
I have had a pretty bad cold since last Tuesday. This Tuesday, I went to the Dr. and got some antibiotics for this cold. I did not stop my enbrel, so that probably contributed to why the cold was so hard to shake. Im finally feeling better, but am still not 100%
While I was at the Dr., I brought up PA and asked for blood work. She ordered my cbc and sed rate and rh factor (and some other stuff). I only got a few seconds to chat with her (I didn't expect too much since I showed up without an appointment), but she seemed completely unconcerned about PA saying that since I exercise, that is the most important thing. Kinda comforting and kinda frustrating.
So anyway, I guess I am on my way to some answers about if I have PA. I have been avoiding doing the testing b/c in a silly way, I don't want to know/have to face it. But already being in the doctors office, I couldn't help but be efficient (I have such a hectic travel schedule).
One other thing though, since last Friday I have felt a little pain discomfort in one eye. I thought I might be getting a sty or an infection, but nothing really materialized. It still feels a little irritated. I mentioned the eye irritation to the nurse, but forgot to bring it up to the doctor (in our rushed interlude). I can't believe I forgot to mention this to the Primary Care!!!! Errrrr!
I didn't think too much about the eye, until I was just reading that conjunctivitis can be involved/indicator in PA. I had really bad conjunctivitis about a year ago, I'm thinking around the time of the onset of the new pains. I guess there is no need to speculate until my blood work comes back, but hmmmm.....
What really has me suspicious is that the pink eye I had last year was really bad. I mean really bad. The eye dr. said he hadn't seen such a bad case in 10 years. He even called in his colleague to check it out.
I called the Ophthalmologist and I have an appointment for Monday afternoon.
The eye irritation I have has been stable over the past week. My eye is still in the same condition. I'm not sure that this is conjunctivitis b/c it is so mild. I thought pink eye spread quickly. I guess I could have a mild case.
I am thinking that the last time I got the pink eye was right after a cold as well. Perhaps my sinus congestion is affecting my eyes or something?
I remember reading a post from someone on this sight (I think Daniel) that people with PA should have a thorough eye exam annually. Any special tests that I should ask the eye doctor about?