Carolyn in Ohio Posted September 13, 2012 Share Posted September 13, 2012 I am seeing a rheumatologist for the first time next week. I have had pain in my hands and feet for months. Sometimes it feels stiff, other times it feels like I have dropped something really heavy on my toes. I have had an absolutely unbelievable amount of fatigue as well. I saw my family practice doc, and she did a number of blood tests and put me on prednisone. The only blood test that came back abnormal was the C Reactive Protein (a general inflammatory marker), which was very high. Rheumatoid factor was normal. The prednisone made me jump out of my skin, but otherwise didn't help much. She recommended I go to the rheumatologist. I also have an itchy rash on my hips that comes and goes. If it is something autoimmune like RA, how long does the diagnosis process take? In other words, is this going to drag on forever and still I won't know what is wrong? I feel horrible and lazy because I am getting very little done. The stupidest things wear me out. Does anyone have any advice? TIA Carolyn Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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