Hi everyone! I live in Spain and only get to see the rheumatologist 3-4 times a year and I wanted to know what your Dr consultations entail
I have had RA symptoms although the Dr doesn’t actually have a diagnosis for me. My ESR and CRP levels have been high with symptoms of swollen hands and feet, stiff hands in the morning, muscular pain that would come and go, fatigue and Raynauds. But I tested negative for Rheumatoid factor.
Thanks to the MTX and steroids (Zamene) I’m much better except for the Raynauds which is still really painful. For the first time I’m beginning to develop painful knees too.
I have my appointment next week and I’ll get the results of my blood test and all my joints will be examined manually. The dosage of the meds modified and I’ll be sent on my way until the next appointment which will be in May. Should I be having x-rays done? Or MRIs?
In my experience with doctors here in Spain, they don't really provide much information so I land up having to google everything!
I would really appreciate any advice or tips.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write!