Wow. My first rheumy appt.
And I was diagnosed in 30 minutes. I don't know if it was the wonderful documentation from my gp or all of my glorious rashes some of which I had not even noticed. But without my labs completed he gave me a diagnosis. I really have to tell you if you are in Arkansas go see dr chi! He is the bomb. Told me to call him with any questions that come up between now and my next appt. In three weeks. The only part I don't like is the fact he put me on prednisone 5mg two times a day until we can get my labs back and we get me back to a good baseline. I really hate the weight gain and bad temper that come with prednisone.
The thing that blows my mind is he pointed out a rash I have on my legs and arms that I have always thought of as my normal skin tone for at least the past 15 years.
I almost feel bad for getting answers so quickly ( 18 months since my symptoms worsened and my first rheumy appt) when so many of you guys have been searching for answers for so long.