Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice about getting a diagnosis without a blood test. I am 99.9% sure I have some form of arthritis it runs in my family and I've been battling joint pain for about 15 years now. It has got to the point where it's affecting my sleep and everyday life now so I have an appointment at the doctors on the 17th.
Only problem is I'm severely needle phobic, there's no way I will go through with a blood test even if it means it'll affect my condition, it's a issue I've had since I was 9 years old and I'm 33 now so I've had to accept that this is the reality of my situation.
I've read online about various scans etc but I want some advice as to whether it'll be a waste of time going to the doctors if the only real way is via a blood test.