Hi again everyone! Following on from my earlier post today asking about 'alternative' treatments for RA I wanted to ask the following too. As mentioned in my other post, I'm undiagnosed, symptomatic and have a family history of RA, but my RF is negative so I'm having problems getting doctors to take me seriously. Anyway, as well as the joint pain and swelling (feet/ankles, knees, hips, shoulders/neck, hands/fingers) I've also got the following symptoms. The doctor just looks at me like I'm daft when I mention any of them. So, my question is, are these the kinds of symptoms you'd expect with RA or might there be something else going on? Here's my list of symptoms. Thanks!
Dry eyes; dry, chapped skin; dry hair; 'bendy' ridged fingernails
Acid reflux, and more recently loss of appetite (I can now only eat really bland foods without feeling nauseous)
Chronic fatigue ... but, bizzarely, also insomnia
Just generally feeling horrible - sick, no get-up-and-go, lack of motivation, etc.