I'm on my 3rd Rheumatologist due to insurance issues.
1st Rheum said I have seropositive RA after about a year of testing and observation & checking inflammation, looking at my joints, etc, and calling it anything from unknown autoimmune disorder, to potentially RA, to finally RA
2nd Rheum said I have seroNEGATIVE RA, says the tests my 1st Rheum did weren't the good tests, he thinks I have seroNegative, about 8 months of testing and observation.
3rd Rheum, 1st visit: no exam, just ordered labs & imaging.
2nd visit (today) no exam, said I have nothing wrong with me and should just go to a pain management clinic. He has no idea why anyone has ever told me I have RA, as there is clearly nothing wrong with my immune system, or my joints. I said - but what about all the swelling in my hands and feet? He said, 'it's soft tissue swelling' and shrugged. And sent me home.
Now I don't know what to do. My insurance will say, based on him, that I don't need a dr anymore! *panic* If this is true, then what has been going on these past 2 years!?!? If it's not true, how do I find out? Ideas welcome.