I was wondering exactly why I randomly ended up with pain in my hands (and only my hands) after 31 years of reasonably perfect health. Whilst they're still trying to figure that out (bless them, they're trying their best, despite the frustrations of those nearest and dearest to me - and my psychologist who needs to see how I cope when I'm back at work!), the cold weather has hit and - whether the experts credit the theory or not - I now have similar gnawing pain and palpable tenderness in my ankles, feet and - to a lesser extent - knees, hips and elbows. Previously nicknamed 'Robohands' by my ever-patient boyfriend, I am now hobbling around like Mrs. Overall after long periods of stasis, and look the full 'Robocop'!
Trying to keep my chin up, and look forward to Christmas, a diagnosis, and - at some point - a phased return to the job I once enjoyed, but has recently become a source of anxiety and strife. Keep smiling, all! xx