Hi, I have been reading all of your posts and learning a lot, but I'm not sure if I have RA yet.
I'm 54, with lifelong severe asthma and I have been having joint problems for quite some time, getting worse over the past year. I've been unable to walk properly since early May - very lame and slow. The pain in my feet is my worst problem, closely followed by hands, jaws, then elbows. My morning stiffness seems to go on for the whole day. I couldn't get downstairs in the morning so have moved my bedroom to ground level. My hands and feet look puffy but not hugely swollen.
I am exhausted all the time and have had to take a lot of sick time this past few months. I'm terrified that I'm going to lose my job.
My gp thinks I have sero negative rheumatoid arthritis and referred me to a rheumatologist a couple of months ago, but I have not yet received an appointment through. In the meantime I am managing on celebrex and co-codamol, and have had a short course of steroids.
I really don't know if I want the rheumatologist to agree with my gp or not. On the one hand, there would be a definitive diagnosis and hopefully some treatment that might help. On the other, RA is a diagnosis that would really frighten me.
I wonder if anyone wanted to share what their first symptoms were?
Sending much love and healing thoughts.