Re: New Here & Desperate!
I have had psoriatic arthritis for approx. 20 years now. It started when I was in my mid 20's. I know how bad the pain can be. I finally changed rheumys because I didn't feel like he was willing to offer anything else or even wanted to help. Just wanted to take my money. I was so glad I switched. The new rheumy started me on Enbrel which was a god-send.
I don't understand why your doctor refuses to test you for the exact type you have. He should know so he knows how to treat it because arthritis medications are different and used for particular kinds. Know what I mean?
Anyway, I think you should find another doctor. And not a family doctor. You need a specialist unless you're already going to one. And if he/she doesn't listen find another one. You pretty much have to fight for anything nowadays.
But I wish you luck.