I'm another newbie here, I'm an Aussie living permanently in Scotland, although not yet fully diagnosed -- I'm waiting on the test results from hand x-rays and a blood test, although I had already been told that I have arthritis in my right thumb's "pip" joint.
Over the past month or so I have had very sore finger joints and after a two weeks of taking ibuprofen at work just to get by I went to the doctor to find out what's wrong. Things are helped by work being so busy at the moment -- 12 hour shifts of lifting and manual handling ad naseum. The worst part is, this isn't my primary job at work, but when we're as busy as this I have to do it ... and as the senior employee I seem to be expected to work harder than anyone else and set an example, which no one follows ... lol.
Anyway that's enough for now.