Hi All, I am 40, I started having difficulty with my hands after my 4th baby, she is only 7 months now. I have been told I have arthritis but my bloods are not showing RA or autoimune disease. I have been refered to a rhaumatoligist. I was told by the hospital its a 13 week wait just to get an appointment. In the 7 months since my baby was born, I now have pain and stiffness in most of my joints feet ankels knees elbows etc it would be quicker to list areas not affected. But I am so concerned about my hands my right hand in particular (I am right handed) I have very little grip my thumb tip, doesnt meet with my index finger tip very well, and i drop things all the time. I have no strength in my hands at all, they cannot bare the cold, I get sharp shooting pains in them. I went to my GP last week he said he would stamp urgent on my case. So I hope I can see the rhaumatoligist soon, as I am so scared I will loose the use of my hands, because 7 months ago I didnt have a problem, it has progressed so quickly. I am having difficulty in all tasks picking up money, peeling veg, pegging out the washing, when shopping i use both hands to pick up items because otherwise I just drop them.
My Nan had RA, I feel that is maybe what i have. Does anyone have the same problem with their hands, can they get any better. I would really appreciate any information cos I am very scared, that if this continues to progress this rapidly, I will not be able to care for my baby.