I there, hoping you lot may be able to advise. Last May I went to the GP with what I thought was a tendon problem in my knees. I had started walking for exercise (5km ish a day) and had several problems, I have arthritis in my big toes, and soon found I had pain in the balls of my feet and heels, by May I also had pain in my knees, ankles, wrists hands and elbows. GP didnt think it was a tendon problem and asked if I had RA in the family and if my hands swell. It was a yes to both. She arranged blood tests and they back negative (my family have sero neg RA). She then arranged an appointment with an RA consultant. First appointment went well, she saw swelling, said looked like typical RA. But as I could be sero neg, she would need an MRI to confirm. Anyway, no MRI, I had a scan on my hands and was told the swelling was 'skin'. Next appointment was told did not have as no RA in blood and xrays of feet didnt show bad enough arthritis. So back to GP, she suggested a second opinion, but I cant see the point in going back to the same department. So she sent me home with codeine and told to come back when its 'worse' and it should have 'developed' in my blood by then. I asked about exercise, and was told to do it when it didnt hurt, but when I said it hurt most of the time, was told just dont do any when it hurts. GP did confirm that the swelling in my finger joint was not skin. So whilst I wait for it to get worse, can I do anything to hold it off. Am stiff for a few hours in the morning and if I sit still (car journeys etc are pretty difficult) and walking seems to un-gel my joints, but GP said I was damaging them if I did too much whilst they are sore. Really not sure what to do next, so any help really appreciated. I did try cycling, but this caused a lot of swelling in my wrists (was given a splint by Consultant and its great, but every time it swells it gets stiffer, so frightened I am making worse), I dont really like swimming. Thanks for any advice offered.