Losing my mind! Can some one give advice on tests for autoimmune diseases. I have a daughter with SLE who of course did not have a positive LE test but had extremely high Sed Rate and some other things. Have another daughter who has Hashimoto's Syndrome and "maybe" FMS. Then there is me...mom. Joint and muscle pain. Many episodes of "tendonitis", "muscle strain". Very tired most of time but must work. Currently "may" have carpal tunnel in both hands. Only thing any xray's have shown is some arthritis in spine and something called degenerative spondylolithesis. LE Prep nefgative of course and after seeing current doc for 2 years I have broken down and started an antidepressant...Effexor. Been on it for 4 months. Must not be neurotic like he figured...still in pain. Have taken many NSAIDs and currently on Bextra. Do not like Bextra as it is doing nothing after a weeks worth of 20mg twice a day. I want my Vioxx back! Only way I can work is by taking Vicodin 5/500 and that just cuts the edge anymore. All NSAIDs have started giving heartburn from hell to include Bextra. HELP!!!! Any suggestions?? Advice? As soon as hand issue is dealt with I am firing my doc. Can't now because he is also worker's comp doc for my employer and they are taking care of hand thing. Local Rheumy is a quack. Know that from daughter's experience.