I developed joint pain in my fingers wrists elbows toes ankles and knees almost overnight last year. As a nurse I automatically assumed it was some sort of post viral arthralgia as I had had a lingering sore throat for two months previously. My blood inflammatory markers were ok (no rheumatoid arthritis thankfully) but I was basically in agony and could hardly walk or even lift a kettle. I have no fatigue (holding down a 48hour week) and none of the other symptoms which seem to be an intrinsic part of the condition - I only have the strangest pain in my joints which I can only describe at times literally 'getting on my nerves' as sometimes the pain is not only right inside the joints themselves but also a tender, burning, tingling sensation. The palms of my hands become roaring red and the veins bulge unbearably. (the condition erythromelalgia could be the redness/vein thing but this does not cover the joint pain. (I discovered that term on google that a few weeks ago) My gp is sympathetic but at a loss as I have continually told her that I don't believe it's fibro and perhaps she is humouring me because I am a nurse. Anyone with similar experience or advice /answer for me? I just don't feel the picture 'fits' fibro but at this point I am past caring about the label and more about what might help me have less pain. I don't want to spend the rest of my life munching my way through painkillers and low dose anti-depressants (I do not feel depressed or anxious; I am just sick of listening to myself moaning) I am even now managing to moan in writing and that's ironic as my fingers are sore typing this!!!
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