Hi, this all started around 10/11 weeks ago. We were nearing the end of a weeks break in Spain with our best friends. Firstly I had lower back pain which I thought was due to sitting on a sun bed wrongly reading. The next day I had pain in my left knee & struggled to walk on it. The following morning I woke to pain that felt like it was in every joint in my body. It even felt like my bones were hurting. The only way I could describe it was like the flu without the cold, but worse.
When we got back to the UK I went to my GP who initially though I had been bitten(no bite marks) or food poisoning, but had no other symptoms of that. I continued to feel really bad and could not go back to work. I went back to the GP 3 more times, who the decided I should be referred urgently to see a Consultant Rheumatologist. What I didn't know wasin my area you get filtered through a private company working for the NHS. I eventually got to see a GP with special interest in Rheumatology who after examination & questions said that I had inflammatory arthritis & he would need to refer me to a consultant rheumatologist as he couldn't help me. A week and a half later a letter came through asking me then to make an appointment with my local hospital rheumatology depot. Quickest appointment 3.5 weeks away.
The company I work for have been really helpful and understanding. I am on a phased return to work and have set up an office at home.
My dad had rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis & one of my sisters has sarcoidosis, osteoporosis and is now being looked at for RA.
Sorry for the long post, but wondered how long it took others for proper diagnosis?