I hope this is okay to ask, I have been back & forth with my GP for over a year with many symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis- but due to a crippling fear of needles I have been unable to have the blood tests done to give a definite diagnosis.
I know the blood test won't hurt, I know the fear is silly, but I have tried many times & I cant get past it, I have even taken lots of diazepam but it doesn't help. I have been told the fear is most likely linked to a childhood trauma I went through.
My question is- if I don't have the blood test do I just have to live with the pain & symptoms, or is there anything else I can do?
My GP will not refer me to a rheumatologist without a blood test so I feel stuck- my hands are in a lot of pain & getting worse each time they flare up