Some of you may remember from my last posts that I have been off MTX for 6 months due to chest infections. Have been flaring in knee and elbow and finally managed to get an earlier appointment with my Rheumy to try to sort out some new medication. However, Rheumy did not think my pain was due to RA but thought it more likely to be OA so sent me for blood test and x-ray and suggested I see my GP for pain relief medication. He said he would then see me for in 4 months to see how I was getting on.
Saw my GP yesterday who gave me co-codamol. She could not access my test results so suggested I get back to Rheumy. Phoned his secretary to pass on a message and finally got a call from Rheumy this evening. He confirmed that the x-ray showed inflammation and fluid on my elbow but not OA. Blood test results showed increased levels of ESR and CRP with a Rheumatoid factor of 120. He admitted I was right in thinking my flares were due to RA and is arranging for me to have the fluid drained and a steroid injection into my elbow. Will then arrange for me to go onto Leflunomide.
It has felt like a marathon getting to this point with me making all the running but I am glad I am now getting somewhere. I knew I was not totally convinced with the OA diagnosis and I am pleased I chased it up. I think it just goes to show that we know our own bodies best and know what sort of pain we are in but trying to convince our medical friends is sometimes difficult!!