At long last, it's the day of my 1st rheummy appointment! I have waited 6 weeks for this stinking appointment!
I would be shocked if she doesn't think I have RA (or some other A); my boss is a rheummy who doesn't see patients anymore, and he told me to get myself seen!
So, I have had my symptoms for at least 3 months now: knees, feet, fingers, wrists, and elbows. Pins and needles feelings (fingers), achiness (fingers, knees, wrists), sharp stabs of pain every once in a while (fingers/toes), feeling like my arms are on fire, elbow problems (you don't know what actions involve the elbow joint until you have a problem with your elbow joint, LOL).
Stiffness in morning lasts about 1 hours; my symptoms are actually worse once I lay down at night to go to sleep. The fingers, wrist, arm stuff gets worse with activity. Hubby and I have been testing recliners for the last few days--ouchie!
OK, I don't have any kind of tests to bring to this appointment, since I just called my primary care's office and told them I wanted a referral.
Help me make the most of my appointment: what should I make sure she asks/does/talks about? (I did fill out an extensive patient questionnaire that I am supposed to bring with me). What tests should she order? Are they reliable? Would it be rude of me to ask her if she is the kind of doc that goes stictly by blood test results or does she factor in how I actually feel?
What chances to you think that she could at least give me something at this appointment for the inflammation/acheyness/pains that I am having, before any actual rest results are in?
I think that is all my questions; can you think of anything else that I need in order to go in as an informed, pro-active patient?
Thanks for reading this long post.
--(not so) newcrohnswife
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