Test results are important but do not always indicate whether the disease is active or in remission...usually, but not always. How you feel is sometimes a better indicator.
As for cured? No one can say that just because your numbers are negative. A good sign but only time will tell if you are truly in remission or not. I have been asymptomatic for 4 years but I am neither cured nor technically in remission (no symptoms, no meds). Being in remission is not the same as being cured and right now there is no cure.
Some of us will go into permanent remission but only on the last day of your life do you know that for sure.
Don't mean to be negative, just realistic. I concur that you need a new rheumy...one that is experienced with AI diseases and can communicate with you.
MCTD (lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis). Diagnosed 2005. Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, Barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005. Recovered and now active in skiing, tai, chi, hiking, golf. Meds: prednisone 2.5mg, imuran 25mg, amlodipine, benazapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide and various supplements and vitamins.
Remain optimistic and you can overcome the odds.