Re: Should I ask to see a Rheumatologist?
Rheumatologists treat all kinds of bone, muscle and joint problems and even if you just ache, it's fine to see one. I consider them the medical side of what an orthopedic surgeon does. but they treat a lot more too....like auto-immune disorders.
But I was under the care of rheumies for years just from osteoarthritis. They had much better ways of treating my pain than my primary care doc did...worth going. Then I got RA and since I was already under care, it was found early and treated fast and aggressively.
I'd find one and see what he/she says about the blood work and the rest of you. Quite frankly, x-rays and MRI's tell far more than any blood work can.
Let me know what you do and if you go.