I went to my GP about 6 weeks ago because I've had pain and swelling on and off in my index fingers for *ahem* six years. It started with just my left index finger and then the right started up too.
The pain and swelling has always come and gone. Not completely gone - the knuckle and lower joints in the fingers are bigger than they used to be, but I go through months without it hurting.
Anyway, I had a really bad flare-up which started Feb ish. For the first time, the pain interfered with life. I do a desk job and typing was really painful. The pain woke me up in the night. Took ages to get the fingers moving in the mornings. So I figured it was about time I went to the doctor.
GP did blood tests which were normal. I have psoriasis and GP saw me when the finger swelling was at it's worst, and she suspected some form of arthritis straight away. Following blood tests, she's referred me to have the possibility of psoriatic arthritis checked out.
I have private medical insurance with hubby's work so I'm hugely lucky and grateful that I can be seen privately (GP said the waiting time for rheumatology in our area is months!). It's been 6 weeks because I had to wait for blood results, and then I was away on holiday.
Anyway... Bit worried now.... In the last few weeks this flare-up has gone completely!!
Worried the consultant will think I'm making a fuss about nothing. I have some photos on my phone of the swelling at its worst, but he won't be able to see exactly where the pain is and what sort of movement hurts the most. If it follows the same pattern as before it could be a few months before it comes back.
I have realised it's always bad in the spring for some reason, and occasionally at other times of the year too.
Not quite sure what to expect now, as I can't show the consultant exactly what's happening. :oops: