Hi. I'm a 41 year old mum of two, and teaching assistant, and I already have one autoimmune condition that affects my thyroid. I have had a sudden onset of stiff painful joints (ankles, knees, fingers/wrists and to a lesser extent elbows and the top of my spine). I'm usually very active and strong person but I'm struggling to open screw caps and cut tough food! The pain and stiffness/swelling varies through the day and from day to day. On Tuesday I could run up a flight of stairs but by Weds morning I was hobbling about! Since I already have an AI condition I have made the soonest GP appt I can (Tues) and am trying to make the most of the long weekend in the meantime.
I am aware of the limits of a self-diagnosis but for now I am working on the theory that RA is a strong possibility and would welcome any words of wisdom about how to approach the GP appt and what to expect.