Hi! I have been hypothyroid for43yrs I'm 65. I also suffer with diabetes and gout.Ihave suffered with painful joints for years.Having had steroid injections in shoulder hips elbows (both sides) feet . Being told it was ligament trouble.(tennis elbow etc.)I have recently had very painful hands( base of the thumb) I had a blood test and was told ihad a slightly high rheumatoid factor(17) It has freaked me out abit. I'm having to wait until 19 th july to see a consultant.. Has anyone else had this trouble ?