We are told to "wait" from the first moment we step into the first appointment with the first physician.
Waiting becomes the catch phrase - we wait months, often years for a diagnosis of RA. We go through trial and error with medications and treatments to see what might work. We are told to "wait" 4-6 months to see if a medication will work. We wait for lab results, CT scan, MRI's, etc. to find out if we have joint erosions or other nasty problems associated with RA. We wait for years to see what lovely side effects might be unfolding in our bodies from the wonderfully evil medications we take. Case in point - my current battle with longstanding GERD.