Hi All, this is my first post and I'm new to all this. Posting at this time because I can't sleep because my shoulder hurts too much. A few months ago I started with pain in my little toe and the one next to it on both feet at the same time when I walked. Over the space of a month it gradually moved to both ankles, both knees, my little finger and ring finger on each hand (bad enough that I could no longer wear my wedding ring) both elbows and then both shoulders. As it got higher up my body, the intensity of the pain seemed to increase. My elbows and shoulders are the worst, and my left side worse than my right. Sometimes my elbows get so stiff, like they've locked, and I physically have to force it straight and it lets out a massive, painful click before it will go straight. It seems worse on a night. If I roll onto my shoulder whilst i'm asleep I wake up due to the pain. It took me nearly 2 months to get an appointment with my preferred doctor, and I finally had blood tests on Monday to test for Rheumatoid factor, uric acid (think that's the right one) and something else. I called today to see if my results have come in and the receptionist has said my uric acid and other came back 'normal' but that my rheumatoid factor came back with low levels of inflamation. He didn't tell me what the levels were, so I have no clue how 'low' they are, but my question is, does this mean I have RA? Would the result for the rheumatoid factor have been completely negative if I don't have it? The doctor who got me tested hs no appointments free at all so I need to call monday morning to see if I can get hold of a cancellation for wednesday or not. I'm obviously very new to this, and maybe i'm just making assumptions and jumping the gun based on the limited information the receptionist gave me, but can anyone advise what I do next? Or shead any light on the 'low levels of inflamation' showing for the rheumatoid factor? Did any of you have low levels, and what did it mean for you? Thanks in advance for any responses. I am currently off work sick due to anxiety and depression, and this pain isn't helping, neither is the unknown, so I just want to get to the bottom of it as soon as I can.
I'm only 30 and have two young sons, aged 21 months and 3 and a half years, and having them climb all over me is agony, but I don't want to be mean mummy and refuse cuddles