Morning. I posted just over a week ago after a fibromyalgia diagnosis despite positive RF and Anti-CCP tests (but ESR inflammation markers not raised). Your replies gave me confidence in seeking second opinion - thank you so much.
I have since been diagnosed with RA by a different consultant. Totally different experience - diagnosis made after about 10 mins - just listened and squeezed (painfully!) and the positive Anti-CCP results. I questioned it following the previous opinion of fibromyalgia but he seems in absolutely no doubt and started me that day on a 6 week steroid course which so far has been amazing for the pain, although I'm getting lot of reflux despite taking omeprazole - not complaining as I'll take reflux over pain any day! I think he said I would also go on methotrexate after seeing the specialist nurse so that I would be on steroids and metho concurrently until steroids taper out in 6 weeks time. Does this make sense or could I have misunderstood? It's just I've received my nurse's apt and it isn't until end of June.. Perhaps I should call them tomorrow to ask - I think maybe you can't start on that drug til you've seen the specialist nurse and they've seen the chest x-ray that was done last week.
Part of me worries about taking these drugs when just a week previously another specialist (though it seems she was a specialist registrar and had not qualified as a consultant) was pretty much ruling RA out and advising against any drugs - just mindfulness etc...but there's a bigger part of me that is just so relieved to feel half myself again - and scared of feeling how I felt before...