Tentative diagnosis of RA, appointment with rheumatologist in three months, advice?

2021.12.03 06:41 invisibletigers Tentative diagnosis of RA, appointment with rheumatologist in three months, advice?

Hello! I went to see the doctor last Monday with my xrays and MRI's of both feet, one of which has structural damage and the other of which I twisted my ankle two years ago and the pain seemed to have spread into my big and second toe. For parts of last year I was in so much pain I couldn't walk, but chalked it up to these structural problems. When I saw my doctor I thought she would say ok we are going to schedule an appointment with a surgeon but instead she said there is a hell of a lot of inflammation there, and asked me if I had pain elsewhere. I told her the index finger of my left hand. She scheduled an appointment with a rheumatologist - I'm in France so it takes forever to see a specialist for anything. When I got home I sat down very quietly and realised I am full of constant dull pain, both hands especially my thumbs and index fingers, both wrists, both feet, both knees though to different extents, one elbow, and one hip are constantly aching but I just ignored it because I am all alone here with two kids and I have to work all the time and I just thought oh I am getting older (I am 47), but actually when I thought about it, these aches have been there for a long time.
I am sad that I didn't listen to myself, I am always tired and stiff and sore. I'm also exhausted every day by about 2 or 3pm and if I am not horizontal by 10pm its a problem. But my question is this - France is a really medicine-happy country, and my experience of doctors include prescriptions for steroids when you show up with a common cold etc, meanwhile I had covid-like symptoms for many months before covid became a thing and I was dismissed constantly because my lungs sounded clear. What I'm trying to say is I need to know what I need to know in order to be able to advocate for myself and not instantly be put on everything. I know medication helps this, I just want to know how you go about stepping into it when you are first diagnosed, and what makes a good rheumatologist? What do you wish you'd known at the beginning that you know now?
Thank you. This is a bit daunting. Maybe it is not RA (although then what is it?), I hope it's not, but I'd like to be prepared.
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