Hi, I am currently waiting to see a Rheumatologist to assess whether I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia or Reactive Arthritis. Since having major jaw surgery in August, I have been ill and having trouble with joints since September. Originally, the doctor diagnosed Reactive Arthritis as my wrists, fingers, thumb and big toes were excruciatingly painful and swollen. Any pain in my ankles was shooting and stabbing pain.
However, since the weather dampened in October my ankles have become unable to properly bear weight/swollen/more consistently, achingly painful and my knees, hips and elbows are also affected. The pain levels and mobility fluctuates - some days I can barely walk with crutches and others I can potter about the house unaided. My hands are always bad.
However, on Sunday my left ankle refused to move - I was shouting at it in my head to lift and I just could not pick it up for a few minutes. Yesterday my legs just stopped moving about 5 times, for periods of a few minutes each time. From Doctor and research - this seems to be the only symptom that directly points to fibromyalgia and 'rules out' reactive arthritis - but as I have never had either before I am not sure whether 'stiffness' associated with arthritis can be so severe that your legs just wont move even if you are telling them to?
Please offer any information you can on this as I really don't want to think I have Fibromyalgia, particularly as I have to wait so long to see the Rheumatologist.