I'm a 39 year old female from Lancashire.
I am a self employed nail technician. I love what i do and have recently been up for awards and started doing work for magazines. I've been in the industry 20 years, i love it! However in that time i have had multiple issues with my hands, carpul tunnel, RSI, a broken finger abd a few wrist fractures. I've stull continuedto work but have had to cut back in recent years and go into teaching.
About 6 weeks ago, i suddenly experienced the feeling of weakness and pain in my wrists, arms then up to my shoulders. I couldn't grip, put Weight on my hands or lift anythibg. I could still work though! Albeit, in pain.
This later a few days so i went to the drs.
She immediately referred me to RA clinic. By the time the appointment arrived i was feeling much better and had no symtoms that were visible. She did note a small lump in my left have which she has referred me for scan for.
The following week my symtoms came back, not as severe but which that i can't function normally. And on top of that my nails are lifting and sore. Being a nail tech this has been a massive drama to me! I've been back to my dr who can't do anything, it's in the hands of the RA clinic. Ive called them only to find out I'm not even on the fast track list for the scan on my haves abd it could be months! My RA dr is going to call me asap (she's away and noone ejse can deal with my case) typical. I'm hoping once she knows of the new symtoms that she can see, that she may refer me quicker. Her initial report states that i may have RSI but asks that inflammatory Arthritis be summed out.
While all this is going on, i am still working so i guess I'm not suffering as bad as some but i am in constant pain and it's hard to optimistic while i am like this. I do hope it's no RA or PA and maybe they'll find something that is curable but after everything I've read, i can't see wgat else it could be.