I am a desperate son needing help for his mum. She has had little or no appetite for about 3 months. Has had edema in her lower legs for about two years but over the past 4 days swelling in her lower left arm and hand. She can’t grip anything. The little finger joint is bright red. I thought it was gout, but is now flaring up in the right hand as well. GP prescribed amoxicillin via a photo (wouldn’t attend). Can’t see how it could be a bacterial infection as it would not have jumped hands? Her blood test last week showed low haemoglobin 92g/l, and a low albumin level 36g/l. Please could you advise how Rheumatoid is diagnosed, and would it be preferable for the GP to start a short course of steroids to aid her appetite (as she must be malnourished), and reduce the inflammation. I’m not keen to continue with the antibiotics (Flucloxacillin) in case these upset her Liver. My mum is 89.
Thanks for any help you may be able to offer.