I am a 32 year old female. After an especially strenuous yoga class two weeks ago (which involved a lot of upper body poses ie pressure on elbows, wrists, neck) i started getting stinging pains in my fingers and wrists of both hands (and to a lesser extent the elbows). The pain only lasts for a few seconds and seems to emanate from the knuckles and small finger joints but when i press down on the joints there is NO tenderness.
On consulting Dr Goolge (i suffer from health anxiety!), all signs (esp the symmetrical joint pain) pointed to RA (i already have autoimmune thyroid). However, I do not have any obvious swelling, redness or morning stiffness (and no tenderness to touch). I am even able to crack my knuckles without any obvious pain.
To put my fears to rest I went and saw the rheumy who (based on a physical exam) said there is no swelling or tenderness in my fingers and that my joints are fine. He thinks the pain is coming from my bulging cervical discs (made worse by yoga) - ie some sort of nerve compression. He suggests I start physiotherapy.
I want very much to believe him but these pains are really freaking me out - to the extent that i wake up at night with my finger stinging (almost like an electric current feeling). Should i get a second opinion? - the rheumy did not order any xrays or bloodwork (although i did have my ANA, CRP and ESR tested in Feb and all were normal). Or should I just accept his diagnosis and try and ignore the pains (and hope that it is indeed some kind of nerve related pain - which according to my physiotherapist doesn't usually occur on both sides).
Any opinions would be much appreciated!