Hi Tweedledee, I'm glad you'll be seeing a rheumatologist but wish you could go sooner. Hopefully after some tests you'll know what you are dealing with. When I first got RA I had pain in both feet to the point that it was difficult to walk. I thought there was something wrong with my feet and went to a podiatrist. But then my hands started to hurt and I had trouble opening things, turning the key in my car, writing, etc. Then it was my shoulders.
I told my doctor and he gave me a blood test for RA (RF factor) and it came back very high. After that I went to a rheumatolgist and got on some good meds. Your regular doctor can give you a blood test - you don't have to wait for your rheumatologist appointment for that. if you have RA the rheumatologist may give you additional tests and can talk to you about medications. If that's what you have you'll want to get on meds as soon as possible to prevent joint damage. Good luck and keep us posted.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me sick. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms, and turmeric, krill oil, and Methyl B12 daily. (Discontinued CoQ10 d/t terrible heartburn).