Just received a copy of the letter my Rheumatologist sent to my GP following my recent clinic appointment.
During my clinic appointment I showed her pictures of my sore, swollen hands/wrists and left foot (by my little toe) which I thought were symptoms of my RA. She told me I needed to be referred to the combined dermatology/rheumatology clinic which she holds because she suspects (and said a complicated medical term that I did not pick up on at the time) that the photos show a rash not RA flare.
During my clinic visit she said she was still largely convinced that I do have RA (RH factor of 107.5 plus family history) but ordered lots of extra blood tests as she feels there is something else going on.
The letter confirmed "CCP of >340 - strongly positive" so Im assuming this, along with original RF, confirms RA without a doubt. But in the letter she then says the dermatology referral is due to (and gave the long word she used in appointment) erythromelalgia. I have therefore started my new investigation into this condition. Having looked at a few pictures online I can understand why she is querying this.
Dam it - I was just starting to think that the photos just showed a rash and that the rash could have been allergic reaction to the Sulphasalazine... now it appears it might be something more serious ..... to think I was so fit and healthy 18 months ago and now feel like I belong on the scrap heap