Hi there. Sorry if this is a bit of a ramble. My name is Amy and I'm 26. I have had pain in my hands (started off with my right hand but now is both, and now also both big toes and wrists) for about a year now but with having a poorly child I put all my worries aside to focus on him. Well I have now attended the GP as my hands are getting worse and I'm struggling to open bottles, use keys etc and I'm constantly feeling drained. She organised blood tests and the results are as follows:
RF is 38
Anti CCP is 35 (although not sure on the unit of measurement as it says on the results that anything over 7 is a positive whereas online it usually says anything over 20)
ESR is 15 and CRP is 7.
They have urgently referred me to a rheumatologist at Addenbrookes hospital. Does anyone else go here?
I'm super anxious and struggling to concentrate on anything until I've been seen. I've talked myself out of having RA as although I have pain I don't really have much obvious redness or much swelling except on my knuckles which are swollen.
When my GP phoned with the blood tests he kept saying 'I'm sure you are very scared, please know we are thinking of you' etc which makes me feel like I'm dying!! And surely they don't even know that I have anything yet (although I'm guessing it is likely with a positive RF and anti CCP?)
I have teeny hands and to me, the swelling is obvious (and I can feel it is tender to the touch) however I'm worried that they won't see it?!