Happy New Year all! I've recently been diagnosed with RA (I think!) and am waiting to go on some initial medication (methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine) at the end of the month. But, I'm really not sure about the diagnosis...
I initially went to the GP because I had a finger that wouldn't bend (it does if I really bend slowly and pull hard), but it wasn't that painful. The GP took some blood and my anti-CCP levels were a bit high but everything else was normal. So he referred me to the consultant, who asked tons of questions and said my finger was trigger finger but he was also worried about my foot as I'd had morton's neuroma in it a while ago and it was still a bit painful. The next step was X-rays and ultrasound examination. At the ultrasound the consultant was also present and they couldn't find anything wrong with my finger (other than it couldn't bend, but the tendons and joints all looked ok) but as soon as they looked at my foot the consultant said 'that's RA, we'll put you on the meds' and then pretty much rushed off to his next appointment. I asked if I would have another appointment with him to discuss the results but he seemed to suggest that I would only see the nurse next to get the medication.
So I am a bit confused as my finger still won't bend and no one seems any the wiser as to why that might be. And I don't feel like I have a big joint problem so a diagnosis of RA seems a bit over the top..? I know that the medication can be quite heavy so I don't really want to go on major medication if i don't need it, but on the other hand if they have caught something early then it is a good thing.
I guess I'd like to know if this is a normal experience or do I need to try and get another appointment with the consultant to try and get a few more answers?
(I'm also really interested in how diet might affect all this, but that might be another post!)