Hi Charley welcome to the group. Of course no one can tell you what is wrong but it certainly sounds like somthing is going on. I would like to give you a few tips to seeing your rhumy though.
First be greaful your appt is so soon. It took me 4 months to see one of my rheumys. I say 1 because I have had 4 or 5 I lost count. I have had some total jerks. and had some that said nothing was rong and had some say it's my liver. Frankly after 4 years I am no more certain then the first day I walked in the doctors office. Most of the meds. that are taken at least in the beginning are usually pretty much the same. plaquenil and predisone. If your doctor does nothing to help alleviate your pain you need to keep looking for another dr. If he doesn't take you seriously again another dr.
Ok some little tips. when ever you have swelling or a rash or anything that is abnormal you need to take a picture and write about
it in a note book. I don't car e your thumb was swollen for a month. Just about
the time you go to the dr they have a tendency to go away.
Take your temp at least twice a day and write that down. You might not notice but it's not unusual for lupies to run a low grade temp. 99.6 ect.
Do some reseach, ask questions on here that you might want to discuss with the rheumy and keep notes of it. If you don't you will probably go blank when you get there.
I have had dr. make me angry others make me cry. others make me nervous. But you will do fine. I sure others will have some tips for you.
anyway hang in there. we are good people. (well at least I am) I'm just a jewel, plus I'm humble LOL. Just kidding there is a ton a compassion here.
so ask away.