How long has everyone had to wait for a diagnosis?
I spent most of 2015 feeling run down and sick. I thought it was stress and didn’t push things until in October during a trip my hands started aching constantly. I started dropping things and having trouble opening things.
I bounced between six specialists ruling out muscle disorders, carpal tunnel, and osteoarthritis before finally demanding a referral to a rheumatologist. Another month of xrays and tests and a round of prednisone later, it’s 2016 and I finally get someone to acknowledge that there is an issue. It’s June now and I still don’t have a firm diagnosis beyond it’s some form of Polyarthritis combined with Fibromyalgia. In July I have an appointment with yet another Rheumatologist, this time covered by my insurance, where I’m probably going to redo all the tests and Xrays.
Over all, I’ve been sick for a year and a half with no firm diagnosis. How long does it generally take?