Hello, I'm newly diagnosed with RA after a couple of years of chasing a diagnosis. One of the first questions from the rheumatologist who diagnosed me was "which joints hurt?" My immediate response was "all of them," and she actually rolled her eyes.
Okay- to be more specific-fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, heels/soles of feet, and toes!
Since the diagnosis, multiple healthcare professionals have asked me the same questions about which joints are affected. Am I an anomaly in that more than just a couple of joints are affected? The severity does seem to move from joint to joint but at this point it feels like there's constantly at least some level of discomfort in most of my joints. It feels like the perception from others is that I'm exaggerating my symptoms.