I developed acute onset pain and swelling in multiple symmetrical joints last May, and was referred urgently to rheumatology by my GP because my ESR was still high dispite two weeks of high dose oral steroids for an asthma flare. Initially the rheumatologist was helpful, and thought I was probably developing RA. At the moment I'm seronegative so apparently they won't treat me any way. The rheumatologist is obsessed with imaging my hands even though my feet are much worse, and with CRP levels. Because I'm on high dose inhaled steroids my CRP is never going to be high. I'm struggling to walk because of the problems with my feet, ankles, knees and hips, the only thing the rheumatologist could suggest was NSAID's, which I'm allergic to, so he didn't do anything other than yet another scan of my hands. I really don't know where to turn now, I'm struggling with work because I'm standing all day and moving heavy equipment. I've asked him for another explanation for my symptoms and was told I may have developed degenerative changes in all my joints on the same day, which seems just a bit unlikely!