So a general background.
About two to three years ago I was doing military training in the Spring; it was raining, cold, icy and I wasn't properly dressed. I remember how uncomfortable I was and itchy and hot my skin became when coming in from the cold.
Later that night I began to develop nodules on the middle knuckle of my dominant ring and middle finger. They became hard to bend due to pain and swelling and they didn't going away for about a month and the pain lasted one or two weeks.
The nodules continued, same pattern over several years, switching hands, and happearing after working in cold weather environments and disappearing after about a month. Recently I bit the bullet and went to the doctor. Many of the symptoms I described made him think Raynaud's with an autoimmune issue, the pain in my nodules (only painful when they are there) was getting more severe and he was concerned with their size and how well formed they are.
He ordered several blood tests. The only positive is SCL-70 with a 198 measurement. I am very active. I regularly jog, and quit smoking several years ago, I'm a 28 year old female with a nine-year reserve military career and a great trade job. I have a beautiful daughter and a great husband and I am terrified.
What is my next step? I go to the rheumatologist in a few weeks and my stress levels are out of this world.