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I am a 42 year old female and have had increased inflammation markers, low iron, severe fatigue plus pain in my joints since April 2014. The symptoms first began in my hands, particularly the joints of my pinky and two middle fingers on both hands. The pain spread to both my wrists, my feet and my hips and seems to be getting progressively worse. I was referred to a Rheumatologist and had several tests, including x-ray, ultrasound and bloods. My tests showed some degenerative arthritis in my hands and feet but my bloods showed no RA or Lupus antibodies.
The problem is that the doctors have therefore not diagnosed me with RA, even though autoimmune illnesses (not RA or any arthritis) run in my family.
On the recommendation of my rheumatologist, we are treating this "symptomatically" via my GP, who has put me on 25mg of Amitriptyline. The Rheumatologist thinks I could be at the initial stages of RA but hasn't recommended anything else.
The amitriptyline has helped a bit but I am afraid that not having an actual diagnosis is preventing me from getting more help. I don't want this to get worse before I can get sufficient help. Everything I have read has said that it is important to stop the swelling before it gets worse. Do I have to wait until a full diagnosis? If so, how long does this take?
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