I've not posted for a while so thought i'd make a bit of an update.
My feet and ankles hurt a lot currently and I have 3 egg size swellings that are very clearly visible. This is good I feel, as I have an ultrasound scan booked for Friday and if I can visibly see the swellings, then the ultrasound should surely pick them up. I've been reading up on early inflammatory arthritis and an ultrasound is apparently an excellent way of picking up early synovitis.
I'm also astounded to have just received a call from my Rheumatologist. He sounded like a different man. Immediately after my appointment he spent several weeks on leave to attend to a personal emergency. He called me today having received a note taken when I called a few days after my appointment to ask about the results reliability of bloods taken during a period of no inflammation, following 4 months on NSAIDs and whilst on a course of steroids.
He called me to say this absolutely would affect my results and that he wanted me to have the bloods taken again. He's arranged the paperwork for me! Yay! I mentioned that i'd had my appointment for the ultrasound through and that it was good timing, as the inflammation in my ankles/feet is currently high and he confirmed this was a good thing.
2 minutes of his time - but it's done me the world of good and has made me feel renewed hope.
I am also wondering if he was so dismissive and blunt with me during my first appointment because he'd just received information about the family situation he had to attend to, making him preoccupied and short with me? It would make a lot of sense if so, as he sounded so different talking on the phone to me just!