Hi, I'm new to this but have been reading your posts and love the support you give one another 💗 I have suffered joint pain especially in my fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders for years, with definite signs showing visibly in my fingers over twenty years ago. I'm now 54. Doctors have never been interested, giving me leaflets about non-specific pain, or if acknowledging anything, saying it's normal age-related 'wear and tear'. Two years ago I began to have days of all body intense pain and exhaustion, this would arrive suddenly, usually when I was very stressed and then gradually go. At last I got a gp who cared enough to run tests, but blood work showed nothing..my lovely go said this is often the way and referred me to a rheumatologist. Unfortunately, with the stressed state of the NHS, a year later I am still waiting! Just recently I had a night of flu like symptoms, hurting all over my skin, feeling very cold, sick, shaking and exhausted..is this normal in RA? So much I don't know, it frightens me..I'm studying
for a fine art degree after 31 years bringing up my 6 kids, it's my dream, but I get so afraid things will get much worse and I won't be able to use my hands. I take ibuprofen daily but no meds as I'm not even diagnosed. Does this sound like RA? Sometimes I question my sanity..one day of such pain I can't move without immense effort, and another fine, I can climb a mountain!