Hi everyone, I know this may sound strange but was wondering if anyone else had the same experience. I have been feeling very tired for about 5 years, but I put it down to having just moved house and looking after my husband. Then 4 years ago my hand from fingers to above the wrist swelled up so much I took myself to A& E where I was told it was septic arthritis, I had infusion ( of what I don't know ) then things settled from then on my hands have been swelling more and more frequently. I kept going to GP, but by the time I got an appointment the swelling had gone down. The dr just didn't take me serious. I was still feeling exhausted, stiff in the mornings and just feeling grotty. I finally took some photo' s when my hands were bad, and surprise, surprise he then took me serious and referred me to a rheumatologist. After waiting for 3 months for an appointment She diagnosed RA immediately, sorted out blood tests, X-rays and drugs. So in a way i am relieved that now after 4years plus that I am now being believed about all my symptoms. Although I know why i feel like I do it dosen,t stop me from being scared about the future. That was last week, I still haven't got a rheumy nurse to answer any questions that I may have, but this group has been wonderful. I would like to thank everyone for being so understanding and kind.