First rheumatology appointment

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I know this might seem like a strange question but can anyone tell me what I may expect to happen at my first appointment with a rheumatologist? Do they do any tests or is it just a history taking exercise? I have an appointment for February but have no idea what to expect. My GP did the routine blood tests, that is rheumatoid factor and serum protein and she's prescribed anti inflammatories and codeine but that's about it. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Sorry, don't know the answer to that but I know that with all arthritis you could be low on sulfur.  Get some MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane).  I have personal experience with this and it will help with arthritis by increasing the cartilage and reduces pain.  Don't think it actually cures it but less pain is always good.  It only takes 1/4 tsp twice a day in water or juice and starts helping within two weeks.  Good luck to you.
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    I imagine the half hour will be to tell you to go for blood tests and x-rays or ultrasound.  Well, if they don't then suggest that it would be an idea to see where things are at - ask for a full blood test to check everything and you need to see the levels of erosion. I can only thinker they will suggest methotrexate because it is a relatively 'young' drug in the sense that it has been around a long time but only been a clinical panacea for around 20 years - so they are basically testing the long term effects ie. what happens over a life time. But do take note of how you feel and don't be terrorized into taking anything or treated like you don't understand anything and they will be the experts!!
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      You've given me some good advice again. I suppose I feel pretty vulnerable at times because of the pain I'm in. My last test for the rheumatoid factor was August which showed it was slightly raised as was my serum protein so it would make sense for it to be repeated. I have been told to take a urine specimen though!
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    Just good luck, and take care x

     

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