Re: Negative tests, so what is it?
Thank you for your advice. I am supposed to see her again in one month (after the carpal tunnel test, I assume). I am going to write down everything that happens between now and then and likely insist she refer me. If not, I will find someone who will.
She is a nurse practitioner, older lady who works for an older male doctor. Maybe they are just old fashioned or set in their ways?
My maternal grandmother had RA which set in when she was in her 60's. Her sister had it in her 30's. I don't know much about my dad's side of the family. I do know my dad will need a hip replacement within a few years but I'm not sure his exact condition.
Even if it is "just OA" as she seems to be saying, wouldn't it still be better to be evaluated and treated by a rheumatologist? Maybe an x-ray or two at least?