I am new here and posting on behalf of my wife.
She has been experiencing joint pain, mainly in her hands, shoulder, knee and ankles. The pain usually gets worse in the morning and she also has some stiffness in her hands, you can clearly see the redness and swelling in her hand joints. This has been going on for about one month now, and all she has been taking are painkiller (NSAIDs) and tumeric, but its not helping much.
I suspected RA but I also got opinion from my brother, who is an orthopedist surgeon, and he also confirmed these seem to be symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis. Recently she has been having chest pain in addition to the joint pain and i am not sure if this is a typical symptom of Rheumatoid arthritis. The pain is in upper chest around the sternum, and sometimes it gets quite sever.
I got her blood tests done and apparently, every thing was normal, her CRP is 1.7mg/l, ESR is 18mm/h, Rheumatoid Factor is less than 8.4 and her uric acid is also within the limits. I know there are some cases of sero-nagative RA, but i am not sure if even the inflammation does not show up in the tests? I mean the redness and inflammation can clearly be seen visually? Just last night when she woke up her hands were so stiff and painful that she was not able to close her hand. Need some advise as to what it could be.
We will also be seeing a rheumatologist next week., but just wanted an advise from you all.
Thanks and best regards,