Hi everyone, I'm new to the site.
I'm a 43 year old female. I've been having some symptoms of RA for about 6 months. My doctor says he's 90% sure I have RA, and that I'll be back in within the next few years with more straightforward symptoms and labs. Until then, I'm to put up with it.
My pain is not excruciating, and my swelling is minor. I have pain mostly on my left side, but when it flares up, my right side hurts too. My left hand is my biggest trouble, along with my left foot and occasionally both elbows and knees. More often, my hips and the left side of my jaw bothers me.
I feel as though my swelling is between the affected joints, rather than around them. I have swelling between my knuckles, and on the parts of the finger between the joints, rather than the joints themselves. The joints do hurt, though.
My labs say minor inflammation and (CRP is a tad high, sed rate normal) and an ANF of 1:8 with a speckled pattern (a weak positive) . RA factor is negative.
I'm not convinced it's RA, but my dr says there's nothing else it could be. Lupus test was normal and I have no dermal symptoms.
Does anyone else have an onset like this?