Post Edited (Cynic) : 12/27/2008 11:05:36 PM (GMT-7)
I'm so sorry to hear about what you are going through. I would be persistant with your mom to get her to take you to a rheumatologist - at least to find out what he/she has to say. Have you tried asking your alternative medicine doctor for a referral? Sometimes even the naturalists understand that that they can only do so much. While it is true that depression can cause a lot of severe physical pain, I don't think that is the problem and your mom should not dismiss the fact you are hurting so much.
Don't put a 100% faith in the tests - they don't always come back positive even when you do have a form of RA...getting the right medical doctor to help get you better with the right meds is more important. A good doctor will be able to help diagnose what your problem might be based on your symptoms. Even with the symptoms and problems, if it is early on, it may be hard to detect there is a problem. Trying different meds to find what works for you is often common as well.