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Hello, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2018, since that time I suffered random swelling and pain in my fingers, often just one at a time. In February of this year one finger became so swollen I was unable to bend it my hands both hurt so I asked for bloods and x-ray to check for arthritis I was told they were both negative, it was all down to fibromyalgia. Since March of this year I began suffering with daily pain, swelling and stiffness in my hands, shoulders, elbows, wrists, ankles and soles of my feet. The pain would wake me at night, there were times I could hardly walk, my husband had to cut my food up as I couldn’t fully grasp utensils. I called my doctor again who referred me to a rheumatologist I saw her last week, today my doctor called to say results were back from a blood test taken this week, he said levels were significantly high indicating I probably need aggressive treatment for inflammatory arthritis. I was advised to call the rheumatologist and get my July telephone appointment brought forward. I am also awaiting an appointment for an MRI scan of my hands. I am feeling like I’ve been handed a death sentence, fearful of my future and what it may involve. Google searches talk about life expectancy being 10-15 years less, I’m 61 now I have visions of not being around past 70. I’m hoping my thoughts are all from shock and I will learn otherwise on this site. Thank you for reading. 😕