First, I want to say how much I appreciate everyone in this community for providing support and information to one another. The insight is invaluable.
Yesterday, I went to see my GP for the first time in a month after receiving bloodwork that revealed I have an RA factor of 41.4. He recently changed practices, so the bloodwork was ordered and analyzed originally by the nurse practitioner who took over my GP's old practice. She referred me to a rheumatologist, but the first appointment I was able to get is not until October 4th. Anyway, my GP saw the labs for the first time yesterday and, after taking into consideration my symptoms, told me that I most likely have rheumatoid arthritis and prescribed me an anti-inflammatory called meloxicam.
To give you some background, I am a 24 year-old male and the first abnormality I noticed was widespread muscle twitching about two months ago, which initially brought me to my GP's office. In addition, I have had soreness, pins and needles, and burning sensations in my right shoulder/arm and left leg (radiating down from the hip) sporadically in that time frame. None of these symptoms have prevented me from doing day-to-day activities to this point.
Right now, I am scared and uncertain of what the next step is. My GP gave me two names of other rheumatologists, but he said to wait it out until October if I can't get an appointment with one of the others earlier. In the mean time, I have a follow-up appointment with the GP in a month.
My chief concerns are centered around being able to live a full life and the changes I must make in order to be able do that. Right now I am able to do everything I always have done, and I want to take a course that will allow me to continue living an active and healthy life.
Thank you again; any advice and/or information is greatly appreciated!