I am 32 and have not yet been diagnosed although at my first rheumatology appointment the rheumatologist said he thinks I have rheumatoid arthritis. I have had x-rays on my hands and feet and last week I had an ultrasound.
When I saw him at the beginning of October I was suffering from a swollen middle finger and a sore little finger on my right hand (this had been going on for over a year). It seems to be getting worse now though - all my fingers on my right hand get sore and swollen and now my thumbs are beginning to ache. I noticed a few days ago that the knuckle on my hand that connects to my swollen middle finger is now inflamed and quite swollen. I don't have an appointment until the end of January so I was a bit worried.
I contacted the rheumatologist's secretary and she said she would speak to him and get him to look at my results and if he needs to see me sooner he will.
She phoned me yesterday and told me that she has spoken to the doctor and he has looked at all my results. The x-ray and ultra-sound were clear (although the rheumatologist that did the scan said there was damage to my middle finger and my little finger) and all my blood tests were negative.
My initial blood tests showed elevated CRP and ESR and apparently I'm anaemic and I have large red blood cells - but now they are all negative.
I asked if he thinks it's RA and she said no. He will see me in January unless anything else changes. I should be jumping up and down with glee but I'm not - I feel like crying! I'm feeling more confused than ever.