Re: Doctors don't believe me
Go to a rheumatologist. I, too, was told I needed a psychiatrist for my "emotional problems" after I broke down in tears from 4 months of chronic pain and no explanations.
After that, I got in with a very thorough rheumatologist who ran every blood test possible until we ruled out everything else. When I say everything I mean, thyroid disorder, lupus, diabetes, lyme disease, and every possible culprit of the pain. 30% of RA patients do not show up on the sed-rate test, so it doesn't mean you don't have it, even if you're negative.
My first symptoms were that I would wake up crying every day because my hands hurt so badly. I was fatigued, had a mouthful of canker sores,(an indication of my immune system being off), and had unbearable pain in the base of my neck and my hands and wrists. I had zero strength when trying to pull an object, and couldn't even pull my comforter over me without crying. I couldn't reach my arms over my head, or rotate my shoulder in certain positions without very serious pain. I was exhausted from dealing with it, and the difference was made by switching to a different specialist. The first indication that he was an excellent doctor, was that my first visit took 2 hours and 45 minutes of asking me to describe my pain and discomfort, and to give him a very deep and detailed family health history. Other doctors had rushed me, cut me off when I was taking too long to describe things, and prescribed meds that made me throw up randomly. Good luck with this, and DO NOT let them tell you you're fine when you know you are not. Advice, like medication, only works if you take it. Good Luck!