My endo thought that I may have RA or some other auto-immune disease, and insisted that I see a rheumatologist to get worked up properly. After waiting 3 months, I saw this new doc on Monday.
It was an interesting encounter. As I went over my health history, she refused to believe that I'm T2, said she didn't give a fig about my weight, and that someone should have tested me for antibodies. That was unexpected; no one (other than myself) has ever questioned the diagnosis. She though going from an A1c of 5 to 10.7 in 5 months is a red flag. Pffft, that's silly talk! Maybe I can tell my endo that my rheumy says I should be tested, start a little war between them.
She also encouraged me to go back to my gastroenterologist and ask about a biopsy to check for celiac. I had gone gluten-free before I knew that doing so can make the blood tests look negative. He was like "you could eat gluten for 6 months and then recheck" but I wasn't wiling to purposefully make myself sick. If I work up the courage, I'll talk with him again, and see if it would change anything. All my docs agree and tell me to not eat gluten and avoid cross-contamination anyway. shrug
Unfortunately for my anxiety (I'm terrified of docs and always expect them to tell me nothing is wrong and to stop bothering them), she wasn't sure that I have RA. Not that I want it but I would like some relief from my worsening hand symptoms, been going on for 3 years... She sent me off with a script for a barrage of tests for RA, Hashimoto's and Lupus. Bless her heart, she also gave me a medication for my hands, just in case it may help while we wait and figure out what's wrong.
My next appt is on February 1st, and I'm trying to be patient and ignore my fears until then. I'm such a dork, more worried that they won't find anything and tell me to just deal with it than concerned about getting a diagnosis...
Anyhoo, thanks as always for listening!