I was Diagnosed Thursday just gone.
it was all very quick, well its been a long journey, its a long story sorry--
years ago I had problems waited 2 yrs to see a rheumatologist who told me it was all in my head my symptoms and advised anti depress---, but said he wanted me to have a blood test before I left.
that was that but then a week later had a letter saying go to the doctors urgently, so I went worried but they said the blood test just showed how much pain I was in and they the GPs Diagnosed fibromyalgia, so for years been ringing doctors off and on over the years to be told there was nothing they could do to help me, other than rest and join a support group.
So to me I got used to being in pain and thinking there was no point going to the doctors.
my pain in my shoulders were bad plus I was very stiff in the mornings
Anyway in may my pain spread to my left Jaw my foot and my fingers started to have these funny lumps on.
I looked up on my computer and thought because we had been eating a lot of red meat it was gout, it got worse and worse and everyday I thought is there any point going, in end I did, that was May and saw a Locum GP he sent me for blood tests, I rang for results they said the inflammation was too high gave me tablets naproxen, they made me depressed, so they changed them to ibuprofen and see how I was in a month, I rang to say still the same after the month.
so they said they ref to rheumatologist, I saw him a week gone Monday and he repeated and did more blood tests, xrays and gave me booklets about the 3 drugs methotrexate, Hydroxychloroquine, Sulfasalazine, I had a phone call from a nurse for him to do a a scan on my fingers and toes this Thursday just gone, he then told me it was 100 percent RA Arthritis, I told him I wanted to start with Sulfasalazine first, so I was sent for more blood test and to be repeated in two weeks and a bottle of those pills
I am going to start them tomorrow but I am a bit scared.
sorry this is very long, long winded