Joint and body pain,sore throat, extreme tiredness for 5 weeks, HELP ME!!?

For 5 weeks now I have had severe joint and body pain mainly in my hands, elbows, shoulders, back of my knees sometimes my hips and bottom of feet and toes. Every morning I wake up with a very sore and swollen throat and lymph nodes hurt and are swollen. I’m extremely tired I can hardly function some days. I have had all sorts of blood tests and they all came back normal except the ebstein barr virus test was a bit high but the doctors told me to not worry about that. I saw a rheumatologist he says 50% chance i have rheumatoid arthritis. I don’t wanna believe that or find it hard to believe because of the sore throat and extreme tiredness to and the swollen lymph nodes in my neck. I’m so fed up the doctor aren’t helping, they have me on prednisone a steroid and it only works a couple hours a day then i’m in chronic pain again. I’m a single mom with two boys and I can hardly take care of them or even dress myself or take care of me. I’m so desperate to find out what is wrong with me. Can anyone help. What do you think it could be. I’m taking all sorts of vitamins nothing helps. HELP PLEASE!
I’ve had no fever. Just the symptoms listed.

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  1. imsety, 19 December, 2009

    See your health care provider as soon as possible (Rheumatologist).
    That depends on the symptoms. Cold reduces inflammation and swelling and relieves pain better than heat (though alternating between cold and heat provides greater relief for some people). But cold may increase joint stiffness. Heat relaxes muscles and tendons and promotes circulation, so it’s the best choice for boosting the mobility of stiff joints. Finally, heat and cold can each help tame muscle spasms.
    Whichever approach you choose, follow these precautions:
    Apply heat or cold for only 15 to 20 minutes at a time, letting the skin return to normal temperature before reapplying.
    Place a cloth or towel between your skin and the heating or cooling device.
    Stop immediately if your skin blisters or turns either dark red or spotty red and white.
    Don’t use heat or cold on damage skin. And don’t use them at all if you suffer from poor circulation, nerve damage, or a condition that may cause eith of those problems, such as diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, or vasculitis. And good luck.

  2. Meyka, 19 December, 2009

    I would say a fever but im not oh so sure. try

  3. Friend-OR-Foe You Choose, 19 December, 2009

    first of all listen to the doc. second of all i would ask to have your thyroid checked.
    some of what you are going through sounds like what my hubby did and thyroid was the problem.

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  5. Sharon mendes, 02 February, 2017

    If the sore elbow, is swollen after 6 weeks, and a Compression bandage only irritates the area…what else should I try ?????

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