Is it RA?
this is my first blog post on here and I think I just need some reassurance.
My pain started 2 years ago after the birth of my third son. I would wake in the night with pain in my hips, I didn't think much of it until this last summer. I had spent a sunny day cutting the grass when i noticed the thumb on my right hand was red and swollen, it eventually subsided but not totally and since then this thumb has remained fat!! (You can no longer see the ligament over the top of the bottom knuckle) It swells when i vacuum too. Then over the summer on my return from work I would sit down to watch TV in the evening and then struggle to get up, my hips agony, and a real intense burning in them. I would have to stop three times walking up the two flights of stairs to bed. In July this burning in my hips was every night, so I went to the doctor. She did my bloods and RF factor was"borderline positive".
Over the summer holidays my hips improved (I am a teacher so wasn't working and on my feet all day). I had my bloods redone in September again "borderline positive" and was prescribed Diclofenac . Over the first half of term i was fine, little pain and then at the beginning of November things just seemed to escalate. I came home from work with burning in my right knee, by the following day it was in my left knee and my hips. Over the next two weeks it moved to my wrists (stiff and tight), my fingers (shooting pain in the knuckles) and my right shoulder(throbbing). My doctor put me on Etodolac 600mg which helps a lot.In December I experienced pain at the base of my toes and in my ankle on my right foot.
I cannot see any swelling, except at the base of my thumb and two of my knuckles, I just know it hurts and is a pain that frequently brings tears to my eyes. As for the fatigue, I have never known anything like it. I struggle to stay awake, if I sit on the sofa I will be asleep in minutes! My mood is all over the place and I am scared for the boys (9, 4 and 2) and I am petrified that it is RA. I see the Rheumy on the 23rd January and have a feeling I know what the answer will be!!
Any help/support/advice would be really appreciated.