So I ended up keeping my 2nd rheum. appt. to get a second opinion. I'm glad I did.
She really listened, unlike the last guy. And seemed interested in finding out the why. I told her the last guy diagnosed hip bursitis and gave me an injection and a week's worth of meds. Some bloodwork, but no x-rays.
So we did x-rays. Hips, hands, and feet. I was expecting to find nothing. I was surprised. She said I had arthritis in my feet and hips. Hands were ok. I assumed osteo. She said she didn't think so. She said there was bone erosion and....I don't know....tiny holes or something??? Not sure about that part. Anyway, she suspects autoimmune! She said there is def. joint damage and we need to figure this out. She is running more detailed bloodwork. I asked what if it comes back ok. She explained the whole sero-negative RA thing. So for now, she wants to do a 15 day trial of prednisone.....to see if I respond to that. If so, that would be another piece of the puzzle, pointing to inflammatory.
Thank goodness I went. I almost didn't. I don't feel so crazy after today. Actually something to show why I am hurting.