Hello everyone, I am new here but I have been reading the posts here for weeks and found that people here are very kind. I'd like to write about my condition and seek for help.
My feet have been in pain for two months now and are getting worse, I can rarely walk in the morning, struggling to get to work. My fingers started about 5 weeks ago, also my knees and elbows. I also feel a bit stiff in the morning.
I went to the GP 4 weeks ago and the doctor sent me for a blood test, full blood count, ESR, Autoantibody screen, etc.. but no rheumatoid factor tested, no CCP tested. He also offered Naproxen 250mg. Couple of days later I phoned the GP and been told that the blood test is OK but I said I am still in pain so I booked another appointment to see the GP.
This time another doctor reviewed the blood test and send me to X-ray on my feet and knees, he also wrote down on the X-ray request paper ''ongoing arthralgia, no RA''. And, same as blood test, the X-ray result came as normal.
But in the mean time the pain is growing and spreading. So I went to the doctor again and he said he will refer me to somewhere else. (I feel sorry for my English I couldn't understand where..) this was said two weeks ago, and here I am waiting..
Don't know what to do now apart from waiting. Comparing to the symptoms stated on several website I am constantly thinking I have got RA. My fingers start swelling last weekend, my jaw joints sometimes in pain, I am walking extremely slow, (but I do feel a little bit better in the afternoon, can walk faster with less pain) I keep looking online for more symptoms and posts, I watch Clint's Youtube videos, I am depressed, especially I have just stopped smoking/drinking 4 weeks ago, as my wife and I are planning to have a baby next year. This makes me even feel even lower as I have read that most of RA medicine is not good for having baby...
I am a quality manager in construction, I used to walk a lot, but at the moment I rarely can stand up from my chair. What should I do. Can I ask how long it will take to receive the letter for referral? As I understand the early you get diagnosed, the better chance you have to get well. Is this correct? I really need to know what is going on in my body... Should I ask for another blood test? the last one was a month ago, there might be some changes already in the blood? Is CCP and RF needed? What about MRI? Do GPs offer MRI?
Thanks for your response. Hope you have a wonderful evening.