I am new here and going through the diagnosis stage at the moment. I have suffered from severe anxiety and depression for two years. Thankfully I have escaped that dark tunnel and back I am back into the world again!
About 8 months ago I started to get pain in both knees mainly when I stood up. I was also very achy in the morning and found it difficult to stand up in yhe mornings. I was fine during the day but then just could not get comfortable in the evening. I put this down to the depression. About8 weeks ago my knuckles started hurting and also my right shoulder.
I now have also have pain in both ankles and elbows. My hands go numb during the night waking me, and I have pain in both forearms and lower back and neck.
I went to my gp who sent off bloods and I tested positive for rheumatoid factor and I have xrays on my knees and hands tomorrow. Then have to see my gp for the verdict in 7 days. A different doc called me with my blood results and when I asked what they meant he said you have classic symtoms of RA.
I also have some peculiar syptoms. If I walk any distance the top of my left leg goes numb. My hands get a really wierd sensation which is like a feeling of hot or cold not sure which it is. I also get random joint and muscular pains which I liken to to being poked hard repeatedly for a few seconds and then it stops. I have very little grip strength in either hand now.
Now I hurt most of the time not just morning and evening. I now struggle to put my socks on in the morning and my partner has to help me.
I knew nothing sbout RA and this has come as a shock and I have mixed emotions varying between being scared and being very peed off! Are my symptoms fairly typical. All my gp has told me to take is paracetomol and ibuprofen but they seem to have little effect. I am 49 and have been active up until now and find it very frustrating.