Could this be RA?
Hi All. I don't have a diagnosis of anything at the moment (awaiting blood tests) but for the last 4 weeks my hands and wrists have been really painful. I struggle to grip/turn things and can't carry anything even slightly heavy. The pain is particularly bad in the knuckles. Over the last few days my elbows have also started to hurt. Could this be RA? I keep thinking not, as there's no visible inflammation, it's not worse in the morning (same all day), no fatigue (well, no more than usual - I always need a good 8 hours!)and no "flu like" symptoms. I have had knee and neck problems previously, which have been treated with physio and I know I have some degeneration of my cervical spine, although that's never been investigated further. I'm also B12 deficient (cause unknown) - no clue whether that could be related (I've seen something about a link with autoimmune diseases)? I've been doing loads of online research, but there's so much info out there that I've confused myself!Is there always swelling/fatigue with RA? Any clarification about first symptoms would be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance, Sarah