I first went to the doctor 3 years ago (when I was 17) with pain in my fingers and hands, I had some blood tests but they came back clear and I was told there was nothing wrong. Since then the pain and stiffness and struggling has been getting worse to the point where I rang my doctor again for advice. Thankfully she has referred me to a rheumatologist and I am waiting to be called for an appt. But the thing is, my first experience with the doctor has left me terrified that I won’t be believed, or maybe I’m making it up, or nothing is wrong still. Can someone put my mind at rest? What is the first appointment like? Has anyone else had a similar experience? I seem to be dropping everything and struggle with the most random tasks at the moment. Thank you so much for reading! I’m glad to have found this place.