Hi all, I'm in the UK and I have my 1st appointment with a Rheumatologist next week.
I gather than my symptoms indicate Sjogrens, but I don't know much about it. My wife has RA and it took quite a while before she was formally diagnosed, so I'm not expecting immediate answers but .... I'm wondering how best to prepare. I don't like hospitals so I know I will be stressed and wanting to get away sharpish, but I don't want to be missing anything either
What should I be expecting?
What advice can anyone give on being prepared?
This is how I would describe the things i'm experiencing:
I have joint pain in my foot, ankle (been years) index and little fingers (within last yr). The foot and ankle is the worst, especially when standing after sitting a while. The finger pain is mild at the joint when I try to clench them.
These joints tend to feel hot ( and tight) in the morning for a while (within last yr).
Issues with a dry mouth and periodic dry eyes (especially evenings) (all within last 18months). My optician tested my eyes for dryness with some kind of evaporation test. (Normal is apparently 7-8 seconds mine dried in 2-3).
I've been feeling tired and listless of late. Not sure if that's down to slow dieting tho
My Doctor did a blood test with showed a slightly high inflammatory marker, which I guess is why i'm now seeing the Rheumy.
I'm not sure how treatments differ between different countries so It would be especially great to hear from anyone in the UK.
Thanks in advance