Not posted in a while. I saw a rheumatologist privately at the end of June having been seen on the NHS and discharged with “wear and tear”. The private consultant diagnosed PsA because of my medical history of psoriasis, strong family history of auto immune diseases and my symptoms. He started me on Sulfasalazine and am on week 5. A few minor pockets of less pain but certainly not kicked in yet. He suggested I be seen on the NHS for future care. So I’ve just had my follow up with the same doctor that said it was “wear and tear”. She was not very warm and didn’t even examine me. She said she will repeat the MRI of my spine as last time it didn’t show inflammation. I said the pain had got progressively worse and I had been diagnosed with PsA. She said if you don’t have inflammation then we’ll stop the treatment. I asked what it could be if it’s not PsA and she’s said fibromyalgia. I’m so fed up and upset. I finally felt I had a diagnosis and started treatment and now she’s making me question everything. She suggested I have a steroid injection which she said will help if it’s PsA but if it’s not it won’t. I feel she was defensive as my GP had asked me to be seen again and questioned the diagnosis of OA.
Feel deflated. Sorry for the moan xx