Hi, I am new on here and not yet diagnosed with RA, am awaiting a referral to see a Rheumatologist, so really not sure if I should be a member on here either.
I have suffered with stiffness in my hands for a few years now which would come and go but recently this has worsened and has spread to my wrists, shoulders, knees, and sometimes my feet and toes. The stiffness is really bad in the mornings, during the night (the pain has started to wake me
during sleep) and in the evenings when resting in a chair watching the telly. I also have problems if I kneel down to get anything and then I find that I have problems trying to get back up! My hands and wrists are so painfull and I have noticeable swelling at the base of my hand and right wrist and swelling in my knees, and I am having such difficulty with everyday things, getting dressed (especially doing buttons etc) lifting pots and pans, opening tins etc. My doctor has put me on diclophenic, he took blood tests which showed that my levels were on or just above the 'markers?. I feel like a bit of a hyprochondiac recently, always moaning about this hurting or that hurting! It sometimes seems that each morning I have a different part of me aching and stiff . Furthermore I had appendicitus back in March which wasn't diagnosed by the out of hours doctor, this resulted in a large appendix mass which was removed in may, but my wound became infected and I had to be re-opened and was left with an open wound for two months!
I guess my question is that, could this infection be anyway connected with my sore joints, also I am so nervous about my impending appointment at the same hospital that I had my operation due to the fact that, when I had follow up appointments concerned with the operation and infection, I felt that my concerns were not taken seriuosly abouts the pains I had then. My consultants usually finished with the appointmentt by saying "smile more" or "cheer up".
There is a history of RA in my family, My maternal Grandmother was very crippled with it.
I apologise for rambling, but I feel so confused with everything at the moment and what the future may hold. All I would like is one day free of pain.