Hi, I am new on here and was just wondering what to expect when I go to the rheumatologist. I went to the doctors a month or so ago with unexplained bruising and really itchy sores on my feet. I came away, a week or so and blood tests later, with Raynaud's and scleroderma. I now have an appointment with a rheumatologist at the end of the month. The Raynaud's I had guessed but I had never heard of scleroderma and although I am not a worrying kind of person I now fear the unknown, especially as I have two young children one of whom has health issues of their own. Having done some research I realise I've had symptoms for some time now but thought they were normal or put them down to other things. All makes sense now. I have, amongst others, muscle aching and stiffness, painful joints (although not too bad), tiredness, shortness of breath and my little fingers seem to almost lock sometimes.....strange feeling. I really don't know what to expect when I see the rheumatologist. What further tests will be done, how long does it take, are there any specific questions I should ask? Sorry for all the questions. I guess I'm just feeling a little uncertain as I know this disease can get quite complex.
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