I'm wondering if anyone else has similar experiences, as I haven't received a diagnosis yet. On 13th September this year, I very suddenly developed moderately severe pain in both of my hands in the MCPJ area. This progressed over a week to the point where I was having to treat patients (I'm a podiatrist) with wrist braces on, and came to the conclusion that I needed to seek help and that it would not be safe for me to continue to work. I cannot type, write, hold a book etc. for longer than 10-20 mins without pain, which is now in all of my hand joints including my wrists, and is sometimes present in my elbows and ankles. Blood tests showed nothing significant except a C-reactive protein of 16, and I'm currently awaiting a visit to the rheumatologist. The pain is best described as a severe, dull ache, which is constant, but made worse by repetitive/prolonged actions and cold weather. At times, it feels like a small rodent is gnawing on my bones, and I've lost a lot of intrinsic muscle bulk. Any ideas as to whether this is a rheumatoid condition?