Hi all, I thought I would report back to all the lovely people who took the time and trouble to answer my original question above, a few weeks ago.
I took your advice, and even though my bloods do not show signs of inflammation, I made an appointment with My GP, and went today. It takes a couple of weeks minimum to get an appointment with him, but I prefer to wait, as I find him so understanding, and he listens!
I am getting progressively worse, with also dry eyes, I thought I had hay fever! He told me that it is common for people with arthritis to get this, and prescribed drops.
He immediately referred me to a Rheumatologist, so I will have to wait for an appointment now, but he did say that it sounds like RA to him, and I needed a proper evaluation.
Thank you all so much for your help as I would have probably put this off without you!
Very best wishes, and I will keep you informed of my progress if you don't mind.