I went for my US yesterday and he was only able to do upper body, so he did hands and wrists. He did find a lot of inflammation but more on the left fingers and hand. And seemed to think that the fact that I have bursitis in both hips and now also in my shoulder (along with tendon damage) is not to be excluded in the RA diagnosis.
He said I should definitely start with immunosuppressants ASAP! I was upset but I guess relieved to have an answer. I'm going back next week to do lower body, feet, etc.
I'm feeling so unwell. I'm also seeing my Rheumatologist after the scan so that she can start me on the treatment.
I'm terrified of the side-effects but hope I'll be ok...
I know this is crazy... but I now look at my hands every day as my index fingers have changed shape; and I just saw a new thing the middle finger has a growth (like a very small bone under the skin: nodule I guess!) and I also noticed one on one of my toe over a week ago and it's red and small. But I didn't have any of these until a month ago!
I'm scared... my body is visibly changing. I know it's only small things but they literally have just appeared overnight. So maybe it's a sign that the disease is developing fast... and in an aggressive manner.
Anyway, I guess I Should be pleased that my scans did not show damage to cartilage or bone; so I should consider myself lucky and calm down. I guess it's still a scary thing.