Too "young" to have circulation issues? in Sclero Forums (MAIN) Posted July 9, 2013 · Report reply Hi Msjess and others :emoticons-clap: You are discovering what I have discovered - that the medics don't always believe you even though you know your body better than anyone and are fobbed off on a regular basis. It is so tough when you know what's going on but nobody takes you seriously. I presented with what I thought was rheumatoid arthritis in my hands 3 years ago and was told I was imagining it and I probably had wear and tear (at age 40, yeh) and to get used to it. I was denied a rheumatoid factor test because I didn't need it. Fast forward to March this year and my hands are worse, and my hips, knees, shoulders, elbows etc - I was given a rheumatoid factor test by my hospital and it was 'off the scale' apparently. I have gone 3 years with no treatment for a disabling condition. When I complained to the practice manager, the general practitioner I saw at the time denied I'd ever presented with joint issues and mysteriously there was nothing recorded on my medical records! You have to be quite assertive sometimes, medics find this disease hard to understand because it is so diverse. Also this site has been a valuable resource for information and I now go armed with information when I see the medics (tomorrow again - haematology this time) - I'm making it clear that I won't be pushed around and I want to treatment I need and deserve. Chin up love, and we'll help all we can. I hope you get some understanding in your journey.