My blood tests showed nothing, but I saw a locum doctor who said there is research that not everyone who has RA has the marker in their blood. I have an appointment with a rheumatologist next month. My pains are much worse in the morning; I sit on the edge of the bed for a few minutes to get my feet 'working' and struggle in the shower to open shampoos etc. I have chosen shampoos and shower gels not because they are good for my hair but because they are easy to get product out! At the minute my hands are really painful, but my thumb joint on one hand is swollen and very sore. I have had shoulder surgery recently andI must say, pain in this small joint is just as ad (for such a small joint). Not sure what the future holds, I am 46 and feel 70 when I get phases of worsening joint pain. It's good to read some of your experiences. I will undoubtably continue to use this site. My husband is quite devastated by my diagnosis. His mum had RA and when she passed away was in considerable pain from it.