Hi, as promised I will now let you know how I got on at my appointment.
Had thorough examination of feet, knees, hands and shoulders. He asked some questions, mainly about my sarcoidosis, which apparently can cause swelling in the hands. I was not told this by my chest consultant, I have had this condition for more than 2 years and have not been told or read about this. Anyway had feet, hands and shoulders X Ray and then loads of blood tests. Urea and electrolytes, LFT, CRP, BONE PROFILE, LIPIDS, TFT, URIC ACID,RA,FBC, ANF,ACE,DNA,ENA,ANTI CCP AB, CK AND ESR. He told me to up my steroids from 5mg to 10mg per day and that he will see me in 3 months time. I thought this was a long time to wait for another appointment, is this a normal period of time to have to wait?
Sorry it's a long message, but thought I'd let you all know how it went.
Thanks for all your help and kindness in the lead up to today's appointment.