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It all began with minimal pain throughout my whole body, went to an Internist and was diagnosed with fibro. I didn't agree so I went to a Rheumatologist, blood work was positive for RF but inflammation markers were within normal range. After several exam's and blood tests, she diagnosed me with RA. Vectra DA results were 67 which is high.
Recently (08/19) symptoms of a very bad flare began. I've been prescribed meloxicam, prednisone and lodine in the past but was taking no meds at the time of the latest flare. The pain was all over my body and very severe, I seriously don't think I could have handled the pain another 48 hours. Called GP and she called in a script of Tramadol. Began taking the Tramadol, Meloxicam and low dose Prednisone. The results were remarkable except for some minor hip pain.
My question is: should I just let my GP treat me or go back to a Rheumatologist? The cost of the Rheumatologist and frequent blood test are frankly to danged expensive. Although I liked her and feel she is very qualified. My GP is also very good but can only treat the symptoms. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Also some of you "veterans" does this sound like RA. Shoulder, hands, neck, center of back, hips, knees and feet are all affected. Mainly shoulders, hips, knees and feet. Walking with a very noticeable painful limp, luckily elbows and ankles have mostly been spared. Wrists are pretty bad also. Any comments and advice appreciated in advance. Thanks
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