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My joint pain and imflammation started over a year ago and all bloods came back negative. At this point GP refered me to early diagnosis clinic. Where my bloods came back negative and specialist said my hand swelling wasnt enough to make a diagnosis.
Managed to get a referal to orthopedics who said i certainly have immflamatory arthritis and to take paracetamol and anti immflamatories on a more regular basis. But no further help to diagnose what immflamatory arthritis. No 'decernable degeneration' noted on my xrays.
Have referred myself to physio and podiatrist as i can no longer walk bare foot. I have had to increase the size of my rings as swelling is so bad in hands. All pain and inflamation is symmetrical and i have a 'strong autoimmune' family history according to the ra specialist. Immflamaotries arent always reducing my swelling. Hands, wrists, knees, ankles, feet, hips and shoulder blades affected. Still getting negative bloods results and cant get past my GP to see the so called special interest general surgeon that make diagnosis in the area i live in.
So do i go to the GP AGAIN and insist on being referred to specialist? Should i ask for scans rather than xrays? Is it ok to just keep taking anti immflams and pain killers and trust the GP to send me to specialist for proper diagnosis and DMARDS? How bad do my symtoms need to get?
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