Hi Everyone - I have not even been to the GP yet but will go if symptoms continue, just wanted a view - know you cannot diagnose!
In the last few weeks my knees are very stiff in the morning and become very painful after standing for some time. My knuckles are sometimes swollen and some are becoming difficult to straighten my fingers, mostly in the morning but both improve during the day. There is RA and rheumatic fever in my family and I have had 2 other autoimmune diseases - Ulcerative Colitis & Myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness from nerve/muscle junction). At present I am not on Pred - treating the Mg with immunosuppressant Mycophenolate mofetil.
I know autoimmune diseases come in clutches and as I was a competitive dinghy sailor in another life, sort of expected arthritis to appear in some form, at some time - fingers and knees fit.
My questions are:-
My levels of fatigue have increased dramatically in the last week or so although my Mg hasn't flared so could this be RA symptom?
I have been advised to see a particular GP in our practice who is a rheumatologist - how is RA diagnosed? Are there blood inflammatory markers?
I also have muscle pain, especially calves which get very stiff, neck and shoulders could that be connected to RA?
If diagnosed what is usual treatment?
If anyone else has multiple autoimmune diseases do you see individual specialists? There are many meds I cannot take which can cause difficulties ie:- I have had heart arrythmia but cannot take Beta blockers or anti arrythmia drugs of any type so what I am afraid of is a prescription for RA which may be harmful to other conditions.
Has anyone managed their RA through diet and how effective is that? I ate sugar the evening before last and suffered far more than normal the next morning and had a really bad day yesterday.