After a long wait I am due to have my first appointment with a rheumatologist this Thursday. I am not sure what to expect and I am worried about not being able to describe the pain properly. I get stiffness and pain in my fingers and toes and pain without stiffness at the back of my ankles, elbows and wrists which is there all the time but varies in severity. Occasionally I get pain in my back, buttocks, shoulders, ribs, knees and thighs but it comes and goes. Apart from one arm which is swollen there is no other swelling or redness. What can I expect to happen at my appointment? Any thoughts or advise would be greatly appreciated.