Well, had my appointment this morning with the Rheumatologist, who was absolutely lovely. He listened to what I had to say and at least appeared as if he were taking it all in and taking it seriously.
Scanned my hand, which has been the worst affected area, really thoroughly. Looked back at recent x-rays very thoroughly too, and showed me and explained all results of recent blood tests done by GP.
To conclude, he is pretty sure I DO NOT have RA (phew) but have Fibromyalgia. He took some time explaining the nature of this disease, and ordered another batch of blood tests just to make sure, as my last ESR was "borderline". There is also one blood test tat GPs aren't allowed to request at the moment (most of you will probably know what this is) that he wanted done just to confirm it's not RA. He did say, however, that he thinks I may be in the early stages of OA in some of my finger joints, and pointed out the evidence on the x-rays taken when I broke my wrist in March. This, however, is not bad enough to require any further investigation at present.
He is handing my care back to my GP unless the GP feels he wants him to see me again. All in all a very positive experience. Am heaving a huge sigh of relief that I do not seem to have RA, but now starting to research Fibromyalgia to try and kick it as best I can. It is interesting reading the Fibro leaflet he gave me to note how many symptoms I have been experiencing for some time now, before this recent flare up. I think I may have had this for quite a while.
Thank you for all your support and advice xx