First visit to the rheumy three weeks ago after my fingers and toes started being swollen and painful. Prior to this had had various odd painful/stiff joints that would hurt for a few days then mysteriously go back to normal. GP wasn't concerned, but I felt generally unwell/tired.
When fingers/toes started he sent me for b/test which came back Rf positive and then rheumy appt.
Early days, she said it was 'a type of inflammatory arthritis' but not sure which type yet. Next rheumy appointment in a month for a DX from results of more b/tests, xrays.
Bit stunned really but trying to go with the flow as they say
Consultant gave me a depo steroid shot and said how I responded to it would help her with the DX. It helped a lot! I felt about 20 years younger the day after, lol No pain anywhere!
It seems to be wearing off a bit now as index finger (worst one) started stiffening up again, and new pain in my jaw joints.
This is turning into a bit of an essay
Just wanted to say hi, and glad I found the forum. Prior to that I spent a few days googling and totally freaked myself out. Calmed down a bit once I found humans
Learning so much from everyone else's posts.