Well here we go then, had my appointment yesterday with my rheumatologist, also took along my husband too. He was completely different from when I saw him in January. He said that there is some arthritis in my fingers, but all the swelling, inflammation and pain is not all down to it nor are the lumps appearing on the sides of my fingers, in his opinion he thinks the redness and possibly the rest I am suffering is due to my Disbetes and fibromyalgia.
I am now going to try methotrexate injections as I didn't tolerate the tablets last time, he thinks I should try and increase my Pregabalin as much as I can tolerate, I take 200mg a day, but can't go up to 300mg as it wipes me out. He is going to speak to the radiologist to find out which would be better for me to have eg, ultra sound scan of hands (had 2 already) or MRI, he will then make this appointment and will decide what else he can do for me, if anything, as I can't tolerate strong pain meds there's not much else. My foot pain and red hot soles are down to diabetes/Fibro/arthritis he says, the misshaped fingers are down to age!!!!!
I asked about referrals to Diabetic clinics, but he said they would treat me as he is, same goes for nerve tests he said they would not be of any use.
Waiting for Rheumy nurse to contact me now to start the methotrexate.
So still in limbo really, just another waiting game and still in pain.