Hi all, this is my first post on here. Brief history is that I have had problems with joint pains over the past 10 years. Many times I have been tested for rheumatoid arthritis and the results always come back negative. I was referred to a rheumatologist 2 years ago and they just diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and discharged me. Over the past month my joint pain is the worst it has ever been and I have now been signed off sick from work. My GP is referring me back to the rheumatologist. I was desperate for answers so looked at the arthritis uk website and came across psoriatic arthritis. I have mild psoriasis on my scalp since I was a child and I have had two bouts of guttate psoriasis in the last 10 years. The rheumatologist never asked me about psoriasis and never thought to tell her?! Reading about it I am now starting to think this is what I might have as it matches my symptoms perfectly. Over the past week my joints in my fingers have become very swollen. I am presuming the referral to rheumatology is going to take several weeks so I would like some advice on how to treat the very painful swollen joints in the meantime. I am taking ibuprofen regularly at the moment but this is not taking the pain away or bringing the swelling down very much.
Sorry for the long post - if you have stuck with it thank you. All advice would be greatly received as I feel in limbo at the moment