I have my first appointment with a rheumatologist on 19th October. I first have to attend on the 2nd October for bloods and investigations. My concern is this.
I’m currently fighting my billionth (ok, light exaggeration) bout of pleurisy. My GP put my on a five day course of steroids, which is due to finish today. My symptoms haven’t resolved however and I’m still getting very short of breath so I suspect she will want to continue the course.
Will this impact my bloods? I have pretty much permanent UTI symptoms alongside this. The steroids have certainly helped the pleurisy and my aches and pains have virtually gone.
What concerns me is that being on steroids might reduce the chance of anything showing in my bloods that may help to confirm what is wrong with me?