I'm looking for some advice.
I've had chronic pain in my knees, and at times lower back hands for the last 3/4 years. I have seen my own GP about this and he thinks I have RA but never had an official diagnosis. But recently the pain in my knees has been constant, it's just a constant flare it feels. I know that winter, changes of weather ect can affect this but it's never been this bad.
Only 1 blood test done 3/4 year ago but with no rhumetoid factor showing in it.
I take naproxen 500 and tramadol 50mg along with any paracetemol I feel I require, they do help. But I live on a top floor flat, and I'm now trying to ask for a move with my council to a lower/ground floor based on my medical needs. But of course, I only have my medication to back this up... no official diagnosis.
There is a family history of RA of 3 generations (4 if you include myself) and I was speaking with a nurse where I work (I work for NHS but not clincial) and she's said I should go back to my own GP and ask for a referal to rhumetology, not only for an official diagnosis but also to recieve all the services that come along side a specialist.
What do you guys think? Will he refer me? What do I do if he refuses? I just feel I can't keep going on without a definate diagnosis, so I can access any help that I may need. (Ie: I struggle to turn the taps off in my bathroom fully as the are a round style... not a lever like in my kitchen)