I have had poor experiences every time I have seen a Rheumatologist for as long as I can remember (it's always been someone different each time). I was put on MTX initially and they wouldn't have it that it was making things worse. Okay my knees were a bit better but I was getting virus after virus and had a constant 'foggy' feeling that I knew wasn't the arthritis. RA makes us tired but this was different.
I kept asking if I could try a less toxic drug and see if that worked before getting out the big gun mtx, but its 'the gold standard' so they wouldn't budge. In the end I just stopped them.
I saw my rheumy nurse today and I was so pleased. I was stressed about seeing a rheumatologist. I told my partner there was no way I was letting them prod my knees as they had no consideration for how much that hurts. But it was my nurse. It still hurts when she touches my knees but somehow it doesn't seem as invasive. She started me on Sulfasalazine (provided my bloods come back okay tomorrow).
Does anyone else prefer to speak to the nurse rather than the consultant? Or are my rheumatologists just super inconsiderate?