I am a 51 yr old female. I have been experiencing PMR symptoms and working with my doctor for the past 6 months. My doctor sent me to a rheumatologist (2 hours away). It took 5 weeks to get an appointment. At the appointment the rheumy was more concerned with who in her office had scheduled the appointment because they only gave her 15 minutes instead of an hour. She didn't do any exam and just ordered repeat blood tests and x-rays. I had to wait another 5 weeks to get back in. All tests normal except CRP - 2.8 with first test, 5.6 when rheumy did it.
The second appointment with rheumy - she walked in and looked at my hands. I had a few spots that had gotten itchy a few days before and I had scratched the skin off. She immediately sat down and said, "I believe you have psoriatic arthritis. Do you want to start treatment?" I was stunned. I just went along with it for the few minutes the appointment lasted as I had already decided I wouldn't be coming back to her.
When I got home I immediately called my family doctor and got an appointment the next day. She agreed that I do not have psoriatic arthritis. This is she when she told me that she thinks I have PMR, which I had never heard of. We agreed she would find me another rheumy. I started researching PMR and am completely convinced this is what I have. I contacted my doc and said I want to start the treatment. She said no because my ESR was normal!
It has been almost 2 weeks and still no appointment with another rheumy. I am taking 800 mg ibuprofen and a tylenol 3 every 8 hours. This barely touches my pain and every day it gets harder to function.
Any thoughts would be so appreciated.