Welcome to the forum, this is such a great place..hope you find it to be as much help as I have. When do you see the rhuemy?I don't have the spine issues, I ws diagnosed with RA in April, not sure if all the tests, etc are the same or not. As for me, the doc started with blood tests, exams, history, etc, then I went back in 2 weeks to go over results and a diagnosis, and to decide on a treatment plan. It will take time, think the best advice I ever got was to ask questions, get educated and be patient...patience is the toughest part for me! But, we're all here for you..so post anytime..