I've been a member on this site from day 1.
But for lung problems as I have copd,was diagnosed in 2010.
I've just been for tests for ra.
I am very worried.
I am awake every night with the pain in my hands,I can hardly walk when I get out of bed for at least 15 minutes.even have to use both hands to make a cuppa🙁
I've had aches and pains for years in my thumb joint in particular.
I've been to gp about it,and just given gel to rub in,which of course has never worked.
About 3 weeks ago,I broke down in his surgery as I am suffering an awful lot with the constant pain.he eventually sent me for bloods,which all came back normal apart from the arthritis levels (whatever they are).anyway he referred me to a rheumatologist who I saw last week.she is convinced I have ra,I've had more bloods done,X-rays of my hands and feet,eyes tested.
Just waiting to be given meds to help me.
I've only been bad a few weeks.my elderly friend who I used to clean for died just before Christmas.
Then we moved house in April.
Could all the stress have added to the pain?
I try to exercise but end up in worse pain the next day.
Have just ordered myself some compression gloves from arthritis society,I'm praying they give me some relief.
Would appreciate any help,ideas.