Did I make the right decision?
I have had Fibro for most of my life that I can remember. At age 59 we had moved to a different state. I was told their was a Rheumatologist in my town. I went to visit him mainly for my Fibro but my left hand had been showing signs of arthritis. Burning, sore fingers that were becoming stiff. When I went to this Dr. his office was very professional and thorough. I filled out pages of questions. I was at the office for quite a while. I saw a PA and a nurse and they took several tests. The last 5 min. I saw the Dr. he didn't say much at all to my Fibro but told me the test for Rheumatoid Arthritis was borderline but he thinks I have R/A. He put me on Prednisone and I felt much better until I ran out. I was losing my hair etc. went back, saw PA only and he wanted to put me on Methotrexate. I had been told by several different people that this office was diagnosing everyone with RA. I was a little cautious, but when they wanted to put me on Methotrexate (cancer drug) I said no and haven't been back. My left hand has gotten worse and my right hand is starting the same symptoms. Did I mess up by not going on the Methotrexate with a Dr. that hardly even addressed my Fibro? I'm scared, because I am having more and more difficulty with my hands. Any thoughts?
Right now, what RA tips would most be helpful for you?