Hi im new here, my story starts with stiff and painful feet in mornings amd when if sat down at all during day, then a few months ago i started to feel generally run down exhausted is the word, muscles in my legs an arms felt like dead weight and even the smallest of jobs took alot of effort.
I have a underactive thyroid so put alot of this down to that but then i started to get pains in my fingers of my right hand, a physio friend said it sounded like carpel tunnel which seemed to settle down but just a few months on i now have pains in both hands coming from my fingers and wrists also my feet.
I can go a few days a week ok but then i'll get into bed an i start to feel the pains starting, my fingers generally feel swollen almost like theres an elastic band on my arms with throbbing pains which can be anywhere from my toes to my ankles an my knees.
I am 40 but if anyone could see me in the mornings id look about 90.
I went to my gp an explained everything and asked if any of this could be to do with my thyroid but she said no as levels are perfect under my medication, she immediately looked at my hands and noted that my right hand was more swollen over my knuckles and suggested my symptoms sounded similer to RA, she did alround blood tests and i came home and googled RA i found the NRAS site and was amazed when reading about other peoples problems it was like they were talking about me, at first upset but then abit of me was relieved i might know whats going on, that is until yesterday!!
My blood results did'nt show anything, i am off for xrays this morning of my hands and feet and my gp is going to refer me to a rheumologist anyway.
I am now completely confused everything fits i suppose my question is can you have a completely normal blood result and still have RA.
When i read back it sounds like i actually want RA, obviously this is not the case, i would'nt wish this on anyone but with feeling as bad as i have recently and it seems to be getting worse almost daily answers are what i want
Sorry for waffling on but finding this site and reading comments from people who seem to be going through the same as me has been a lifeline