Your symptoms and test results are very familiar to most of us. Also, most of us have concluded that we suffered from this disease for many years prior to receiving a diagnosis. So, you are not alone in either scenario.
I can understand the doctors not wanting to suppress your symptoms until you see a rheumatologist, but that is easy for them because they are not the ones living with it every day. I do hope that the rheumatologist starts your treatment immediately so that you can start to get some relief.
Your first treatments may consist of Plaquenil, Prednisone, Methotrexate, and/or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs..such as Naproxen or Imuran). Please feel free to come to us at any time if you have any questions about your treatments, your symptoms, lab results, or if you just need to talk!
There will always be someone here to help you!
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