Hello, hoping someone might be able to give me some advice or point me in the right direction. I have suspected arthritis – GP initially said psoriatic arthritis as I had a terrible outbreak of psoriasis all over my body and severe swelling and pain in my middle finger joint. The swelling and pain got so bad the GP prescribed 5 days worth of prednisone which helped reduce the swelling and pain significantly but it's still bad. Whether coincidentally or not, the psoriasis has dramatically cleared but the pain and swelling is increasing again and spreading to other areas – in the middle of my other hand on the top (if that makes sense) is particularly bad.
My issue is that it hasn't been officially diagnosed and I'm not receiving any treatment. The GP made a rheumatology referral back in November and I was supposed to be seen last Friday but the appointment was cancelled as the Consultant was supposedly sick. My new appointment has come through for the end of April!
I'm really worried and scared about having to wait so long for a diagnosis. I'm in a lot of pain and very limited in what I can do – hard to write, type, drive, do housework etc. and I also have a 1 ½ year old daughter I'm struggling to look after properly and keep up with. I'm also terrified about the long wait as everything I read talks about irreversible damage if left untreated (yes I know, Dr Google is not my friend!)
Does anyone have any advice? Could my GP at least request blood tests now so I could at least find out what's going on? I'm not sure how much it would cost but I'm willing to look into a private referral as I'm feeling really quite desperate, so if anyone has any advice or recommendations for private consultants or where I could look, that would be great too.
Sorry for this long post and thanks in advance.