On Nov 29th I posted:
"I was diagnosed with seronegative RA in April this year, since then I've been on MTX, SSZ, HCQ, Folic acid, Naproxene and painkillers. I had a steroid injection in the rump in April, another in June and a third in August.
"The joints of my hands are still very hot and stiff, pretty much all day. I've developed a trigger finger on both hands and a third one is developing. Now a lump is gradually growing in my left hand, I first noticed it about 4 weeks ago as a slight bump in the centre of my palm and it's now about 1cm by 1/2cm wide and quite hard. It's not enormously painful, it's uncomfortable to touch but not howling pain. It's also a bit hot."
As nomoreheels and Braecoon suggested, I called the hospital rheumy helpline (answerphone service) the next day (Nov 30th).
After waiting 2 days for a call-back, I was told by a rheumy nurse that she would have to speak to the doctor in charge of my case.
Another 4 days passed before another call-back to say the doctor had advised me to see my GP.
Called my GP for an appointment only to be told that I had to ring between certain times in the morning to have an appointment.
Rang back the next morning, no appointments available, a triage nurse will call you.
That afternoon, triage nurse called, gave me an appointment for yesterday.
Saw GP, she said it's a rheumatoid nodule but that she'd never seen one so inflamed and hot. She said to call the rheumy clinic and get a steroid injection.
Yesterday, as soon as I got back from the GP, I called the physio dept. of the hospital because I was offered a shot for the trigger fingers last time I saw him. He wasn't there. He'll call me back asap.
What a run-around! I was already fatigued, now I'm exhausted!