I am writing this because I am now starting to get a bit apprehensive about my appointment with the rheumatologist on Monday 13th...... I have been waiting for 6 weeks for this appointment, I have got shoulder pain and finger pain at the moment but it is not like some of the people on here, unbearable, just a constant nag! I am only taking paracetamol but am finding that this is only just taking the edge of it now and it is waking me up. I don't seem to be having all the other symptoms that a lot of you have so I am not moaning!
I just don't know what to expect when I go to this first appointment...... Will they xray my joints? Its obvious on my hands from the swelling on the joints that something isn't right! Some days its feels like I have previously hit my fist into a brick wall and it is all bruised, then the next day it feels much better but I can't make a fist or butter a slice of bread without it hurting from the pressure. There is nothing to see in my shoulder it just hurts! The shingles appears to have gone now from that area too.
Is there anything apart from the obvious that anyone can point me to be asking? after waiting for the appointment I don't want to get home and realise that I didn't ask all the right questions. My GP has told me nothing, just that my rheumatoid levels are raised and that I need a referral.
Thank you for reading. S