I'm wondering if anyone can help and I'm so sorry if I'm coming across as a hypocondriac, but I'm just worried because I think there maybe a possibility I have MM and it's going undiagnosed. Long Message.
Last year, I went to the GP complaining I had shocking shoulder blade, neck and head pain, along with feeling tired all the time, and aching lower back and hips at night time in particular. I thought the GP would say I had arthritis and that I would have a neck/back scan to confirm, but to my surprise, she ordered next day blood tests and when they came back (after 2 weeks wait, because they'd been lost) she called me urgently in the evening time and said I should go on 20mg of Prednisone that night because my blood test markers were high (I think she mentioned CRP and ESR) and she felt I had Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis. So I took the medication for a couple of weeks and to be fair, I felt much better, and had 2 weeks of relief. I then went for a biopsy, and this came back negative, so I was then weaned off the tablets and left without knowing what to do next.
So spring forward to this year, I still have all the same symptons as before, getting slowly worse and others have joined them, so I called the GP to be told there was a 4 week wait for an appointment and I could see a physio, getting desperate because of the pain, I went, and she saw me for 5 minutes maximum, pushed my back around, which has now caused more pain in my lumbar area and told me that it was because I was probably Perimenopausal. I told her my periods were fine, if not a little heavy lately, but she sent me home with a self-referral letter for physio, even after saying 'having said that your markers were high...mmm...here's the letter'.
I'm now sat here after (doing that thing we should never do...google our symptoms!) and everytime it comes up with Multiple Myeloma. My Dad died in his 60's of cancer that was riddled throughout him with anaemia and think I've not got into my head that I'll be the same. Anyway, long story short, I wondered if there were any private tests I could have (because I've lost total faith in my GP getting to the bottom of any problem I have now...even for arthritis) and what tests I would need to rule this out please?