Originally Posted by rileygirl
Well, now I feel like I'm getting the brush-off from my GP
She said that since my tests were all negative, she doesn't see a need to send me to a rheumatologist or any other specialist. It is just pain from "wear and tear" on my joints from my job. Disregarding the fact that the others at my job don't have this problem and that my symptoms happened very rapidly just this past fall. I went from having only an occasional ache or stressed tendon, to hurting all over, all the time.
She did say she would schedule some kind of nerve test but only for my "carpal tunnel" symptoms.
Other than that, I'm just supposed to keep taking the diclofenac and tramadol and "think about finding a different job".
If jobs were that easy to come by, I wouldn't be in the one I've got. Am I overreacting? I really feel like she's just brushing me off.
What would you all do or think?
I went back and read your first post, and your symptoms are very similar to mine. My pain started in my hips and jumped around. I was ignored by my endocrinologist and finally had a severe episode where I could not move my right arm due to swelling/excrutiating pain. Saw my pcp - nurses assistant. She wanted to send me to a rheumatologist. Went home, got a call later that evening the doctor reviewed my chart and they did NOT want to send me to a rheumatologist. Few months later, it happened again. This time saw my pcp who did send me to a rheumatologist. My labs were positive, except my esr and crp have never once shown any inflammation. But many people having sero negative RA. It absolutely sounds to me like you need further evaluation. I would call around and see if any rheumys accept new patients without a referral. If that doesn't work I would find a new pcp! I had a positive Rheumatoid factor, also had a positive anti-ccp. Wonder if your pcp could order the anti-ccp for you? The one thing I have learned from being ill for a long time (have hashimotos and narcolepsy, diagnosed with RA this past year) is don't take no for an answer. Your symptoms do not sound like normal aging and if you do have RA or some form of RA, it is important to get treatment sooner rather than later to help prevent joint damage.
Also, please do an online search for palindromic rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms are very migratory. Good luck!