it's awful isn't it?
i would suggest, write down everything EVERYDAY about the pain, what brings it on, how it doesn't go away, the pooping, cracking, intensity of the pain, all of the specifics, and how it is interfering with your everyday life. it's good to do this NOW while it's happenning. you might be right, when may 1st rolls around the pain might not be as terrible as it is now...and when it's not that bad....we tend to forget HOW BAD it was.
gosh, that's too bad about the apointment. i pray there's another cancellation for a half hour or something.
you know...the question i hate the most is when the MA takes you into the Drs room & asks, "So what is hurting you today?" and in my head i'm like "well everything where do i start?" and many times i tell them evrything & it's just too much, they don't write all of it down! hah!
i feel for you! all of my joints are effected by RA and it's rare that i get a few days of tolerable quality of life without too much pain.
may 1st is a few days away....keep thinking of that.
rest well. take good care.
definitely have your primary doc write you up for a set of labs. the rheumatologist will however send you for more! (most likely he/she will...but this set of bloodwork will be a repeat of the RF, ANA, and a panal of connective tissue lab studies) also, the rhuemmy sometimes like to have "his own set of things". but these things are good...the more you can rule out the better.
one thing you can tell the Dr. is how you respond to the Tylenol. If it relieves pain, for how long, and also what time of day is the pain the worst. If you have achey throbbing joints and you take an NSAID...that'll tell the doc that "Hey...there must be inflammation somewhere if antiinflammatories are stopping the pain." rheummies make diagnoses sometimes on what medications work! if a hard to crack case of RA is seen by a doc and the pt is put on say Enbrel, and the symptoms lessen...that'll give a definitive DX of autoimmune arthritis or inflammatory arthritis (RA, Psa...)
needless to say...i wish you good luck but be prepared to be patient. i do not think you'll be laughed out of the office, but in the beginning...there might be a bit of trial and error regarding Dx and meds until they find specifics.
take good care