I am new here but i just need some advice. My pcm has been extremely hesitant to do any tests or referrals outside of PT. He says all of my pains are sciatic nerve/piriformis muscle pain. Which makes absolutely no sense at all. PT recommended referral to rheumatologist but my pcm insisted I see ortho for sciatic nerve. Ortho took one look at me and ran a panel and I had a positive RF and referred me to rheumatologist, but my pcm is fighting me every step of the way. He says a positive RF means nothing since my hands aren't red and swollen. I am really hesitant to set up my appointment with the rheumatologist. my PCM has gotten into my head. I'm scared to go in and to get chastised for wasting the rheumatologists time like my pcm does to me.
I can't remember the last time I wasn't in pain. It is symmetrical and it seems to linger slightly in all my joints except my elbows but there's always one joint that hurts significantly more than the others but it's manageable right now. Maybe I should wait until it gets really bad again so the rheumatologist will be more likely to believe me.