Went to see my specialist today, have to say have come away even more confused than ever. I currently take hydroxychloroquine which doesn't have any effect on my pain so was put on a tapered course of prednisolone for a month which also had no effect and finished last week. My CRP levels are still elevated, and I'm still having pain in my joints that is progressively worsening. Now, the doctor had told me at my last appointment that he would think about putting me on methotrexate but at today's appointment he said that as the pred didn't work it was unlikely that the mtx would either. The issue I have now is that he's decided to leave me on hydroxychloroquine even though it's having no effect and have me manage any pain with co-codamol until my next appointment which he has made for October. That's four more months I have to deal with this.
Would any of you accept this treatment or am I right in thinking I should ask my GP to refer me elsewhere for a second opinion? My issue is that this doctor doesn't seem to have a clue how to treat me and I'm getting less able to do things with every day that passes. He even admitted he's flummoxed by me!