Just come back from my follow-up with the rheumatologist. I told him that the intramuscular steroids didn't really help much, and apparently, this means he can rule out inflammatory arthritis as a cause of my pain. So now, I'm confused. He's given me an even woollier diagnosis than before - 'idiopathic polyarthralgia' (you've got lots of painful joints, but we're damned if we know why) - and discharged me.
The thing is, I can't help but feel that - much as I'd rather not have a condition as serious as inflammatory arthritis - he may not have entirely taken in the whole picture. After all, I did have raised CRP when I had my bloods taken (albeit that they haven't taken any since last December), I get redness and swelling around my hand and foot joints, and my blood vessels in these areas become very prominent. Surely failure to react to depomedrone isn't the main factor in excluding an inflammatory condition?
Or am I just wanting a better diagnosis so much that I'm doing the rheumatologist a disservice? Is it all in my head after all? Or should I ask Occupational Health to refer me for a second opinion?
A very confusing day, overall. And now, back to the grindstone. Let joy be unconfined!