I was diagnosed with RA nearly 3 years ago. Since starting methotrexate, my swelling has hugely reduced but I still suffer with morning stiffness and varying levels of pain. (As it happens, I'm on prednisolone now and about to start leflunomide, so hopefully things will start looking up.) Upon examination last week, my rheumatologist told me that because my joints were not swollen and because I'm "always tender and rarely present with swelling" it's likely I have Fibromyalgia too. I felt fobbed off because I 'only' (haha!) get pain in my affected RA joints and I don't have any other Fibromyalgia symptoms. It felt like she was diagnosing me because she doesn't know what to make of my pain rather than her genuinely believing I have this syndrome. I've noticed that both the rheumatologists I've seen tended to brush over my pain issues and only look at the clinical picture (bloods, scans and visible swelling upon examination). This led me to wonder how other people feel their doctors deal with their pain and how they respond to them.
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