Hi all, I am new here and would love some advice if possible. My GP referred me to rheumatology clinic due to my inflammatory markers coming back slightly but unusually higher than normal. The problem began in my knees roughly 18 months ago, I developed a stiffness when kneeling or crossing my legs and this was really painful. I then became pregnant in December 2018 and the pain didn't progress (I had the usual pregnancy back aches and pains from carrying extra weight). I gave birth to my baby boy in August last year and from around October /November time I have developed severe pain throughout my body, mainly after resting. It started in my fingers and wrists but has progressed to my back and legs. Of a morning I almost feel as though my bones in my back are broken and it takes some time after waking before I can even get out of bed. I have to do it in stages; sit upright first, stretch my legs out, before eventually standing slowly as I regain strength in my legs.
During the day, if I sit down for more than a 5 minutes, standing again is difficult as my legs and ankles are so sore and weak as I try to stand again.
Can anybody confirm whether these are possible signs of rheumatoid arthritis? I have now had my x rays and bloods re done at Rheumatology clinic and they have said that the x rays are negative for RA and inflammatory markers were fine although ESR slightly raised so they want to see me back at the clinic and I will have to await an appointment as I'm on a waiting list.
I am due back to work from maternity leave next month and I just want to feel normal again as right now, everything is such hard work as I am in constant pain. Even holding my little one as he gets bigger is so difficult. It's really getting me down. Has anybody had the same results as myself? I just don't know what is wrong with me x