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What Infection leads to Arthritis?
LFAnswers posted:
I hope someone can help: came down with some type of sinus infection while on a cruise to the Caribbean in December 2012 and have not been the same since. My left ear feels plugged, sinus blockage is always on one side, and after four months of this with no answers, I started developing nodules in my toes, then hands, and was told to see a rheumatologist who wanted to prescribe RA drugs. He diagnosed the issue as polyarthritis, but this is too coincidental to happen when I still have a stuffed up head. I know the two are related. The pain from the joint inflammation became so excruciating, that I went to the E.R. and the Dr. gave me Doxycycline when listening to my story. The first pill I took started relieving the numbness in my feet. The next day, it seemed miraculous--I could actually walk. But then the following days started heading back to where I was originally.

Any ideas what the infection could be? I have been on a number of antibiotics and nothing is clearing it up. I was also on Prednisone (which took down the inflammation), but knew I couldn't stay on that too long. Also did a 3-week stint of Doxy which helped quite a bit, but as soon as I went off, the symptoms returned.

Any ideas, solutions or feedback would be appreciated.

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