On Wednesday I had my first appointment with a Rheumatologist. She was very nice, and commented on my odd route to rheumatology (via the physio which my GP sent me to) and was clearly annoyed I'd been sent for physio in the first place. She thought RA was "likely" in my case and ordered blood tests and X-rays, but she also tested me for under active thyroid and sjorgens and I have to ask myself why hasn't my GP already done these tests to rule them out. It is 6 months since I first went to my GP, and, apart from feeling upset at my "likely" diagnosis, which I thought I had already accepted as the most likely outcome, I now have a hope that I "only" have under active thyroid. I blame my GP for this, and I'm really disappointed with their reaction to my symptoms. If they had ruled out other possibilities earlier, I could have concentrated now on learning to accept and deal with RA, but instead I'm still hoping its not, and if it is I'll be so much further back from accepting it, if that makes sense. Anyway, Rheumatologist gave me a steroid injection, and yesterday at this time my hands felt almost normal, so I think its helping.
Anyone else have GPs who didn't bother to test for other things?