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I am 43 and following a recent series of blood tests my GP was sure I had inflammatory arthritis and referred me to the Consultant Rhuematologist. I am in severe pain in my hands, wrists, feet and knees. I was a bit upset when I saw the Rhematologist as her focus seemed more on my weight and efforts to lose weight than any else. For example, she didn't ask anything about family history or anything like that, which I assumed she would. Arthritis is extremely common in my family, my mum and aunt are both currently on meds for Polymyalgia Rheumatica. I am overweight and I am trying to lose weight but I just felt I was viewed as a fat person responsible for my own aches and pains. The rheumatologist took further bloods and arranged a scan. The scan was of my right wrist and hand, which of all areas is the least effected, but none the less still painful. I have today received a letter from the hospital to advise the scan showed no inflammation (is it possibly because I've been taking anti inflammatories since this investigation started 6 weeks ago?) and that whilst my CRP and ESR levels are raised that this is probably due to my weight. I feel so upset. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for RA or any other medical complaint but I know myself that something is not right. I'm in constant pain and for someone who doesn't like taking pain killers for a headache, I am taking Neproxen everyday just to get through. I'm not a pill popper and nor do I want to be, but I just don't know where to go from here. I basically have been given no diagnosis, although GP believes differently and therefore don't know what to do know about the very real symptoms. Any advice would be most gratefully received. Thank you
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