So last year I was given the diagnosis of OA from my doctor with the disclaimer "you're just overweight". I'm 5'7 and 180 lbs- not skinny but not huge. Anyways after that dismissal of pain I went to another doctor who ran some tests- inconclusive - and gave me some pain meds....I'm still in daily pain but unsure if it is something I should see a rheumatologist for. When did you decide to see a rheumatologist?
Csnow, I'm catching up on old posts so I'm just seeing this. I've been dealing with OA since the 1990's. I have pain in my knee, hip, and spinal joints, always. My rheumy doc will be great the OA because she says that's under the ortho doc. She is treating me for sjogrens, which was dx in 2015 and is now moving into my soft tissues of my joints (hands, elbow especially). Keep track of symptoms every day, in detail. Research your symptoms, to see if there is a pattern of what the DX (diagnosis)may be, if there are possible triggers (weather changes), etc. Take the list with you, with written questions, to your next appt. As for weight, it seems all doctors are on a tangent over the past year for anyone weighing more than 15 lb over their "should be" weights. Even when the doctor doesn't mention it, I've noticed "counseled patient on weight and diet" marked in my chart. Tell me this isn't government controlled and I'll choke from laughter! 😱 Lol.
Anyway, to answer your question on when to be referred to a rheumy doc... I demanded a referral after my bloodwork kept coming back with elevated markers of inflammation & SSB markers. Nothing was found except the fibro for 2 years, despite increased inflammation & increased pain not responding to meds. Into the third year I developed an oral rash that wouldn't clear up with 3 different treatment approaches. At my rheumy follow up she sent me for a biopsy and it came back I have sjogrens. I was started on plaquenil and could feel an improvement & decreased pain within a week. That was in 2015. I think back now and I've lived with multiple symptoms of sjogrens for over 15 years, some much longer: memory loss, headaches, dry eyes/nose/mouth/skin, recurrent nose bleeds & sinusitis & oral thrush, difficulty swallowing, swollen lymph nodes in underarms, muscle pain, neuropathy, cold & heat intolerance, eye problems & vision changes, swollen saliva glands, GERD, IBS,bronchitis, slow transit bowel function, Interstitial Cystitis. These can be symptoms of other issues too, and are for me. But now it all makes sense, and I'm positive I've had sjogrens much longer than it's been diagnosed. Sending you hugs love & prayers you can get answers and a good treatment plan soon. 🙂💕🙏🌸