What I did was got a note from my regular physician..just like shaleygirl said. My flares were so bad I was missing up to ten days at a time. And I missed alot of work. It took me quite a long time to get my diagnosis, but I did go in when I had a bad flare, they finally took the blood work for RA and it was positive. But by then I had already quit my job before they fired me. I was able to collect workmans comp. for a year until it ran out. I hope you get some relief soon. And hang in there.
Diagnosis: Fibro:11/04, RA:3/06, Pleurisy:11/06, Pericarditis:12/06, Myositis on the heart muscle:1/07,all of the above caused from RA. Mitral Valve Prolapse:1/07, Heart Murmur:1/07 said I was born with it. IBS:1992,( Anxiety, Depression, insomnia, Years) Meds: Serax, Prednisone 10mgs, Prilosec, Mobic, Hydrocodone/acetaminaphen, Robaxin, Nortriptyline, Baby aspirin, Enbrel ... /Vitamins: Calcium, Magnesium, Folic acid, Vitamin D, Fish oil