I have been reading your posts and questions for awhile now. I have them really helpful and informative.
I have had joint problems and minor flares for about 3 years now. I saw a rheumy a couple of years ago when nothing was conclusive. I have taken Naproxen when needed ever since although I haven't been too bad never needing a day off work. However I have had a horrible year I had a Morton's neurons removed from my foot in January, I had the flu which developed into pleurisy and couldn't shift it with antibiotics for weeks. Finally got rid with the help of steroids. Then came a nose infection that was also hard to clear with antibiotics again steroids helped in the end. And then end of August I started with this flare up that hasn't gone away. My hands have often felt generally stiff like I have rubber gloves on filled with water but it is the tiredness I can't cope with barely managing to function some days.
I have had the blood tests done only thing to show was raised esr which was 17.
Then about a month ago pains in my hands not just general aches but sharp stabbing pains in my knuckles both hands not unbearable though. When they do start you can tell by just looking they swell go hot and my veins stick out. Does this sound familiar?
I have an appointment with the rheumatolagist 18th December hoping for a diagnosis. Until then I am trying to be detective myself hope you don't mind the odd question. Lovely to meet you all Cath xx