I hope you are all okay and staying upbeat.
I just need to vent really as I don't understand what is happening to my body/joints. Three years ago I started to develop symmetrical aches in my hands, elbows, toes (plus a few other joints). It was more like a stiffness initially but over the years it has become more achy and painful. It still isn't bad, but definitely heading in the wrong direction and becoming more uncomfortable. I never had any swelling in any of my joints. I have morning stiffness but it lasts for five minutes or so - although my joints still don't feel quite right during the day. I had a virus when this all started and I could literally feel the stiffness moving from my hands and elbows to other parts of my body. It was scary as hell.
I figured after scouring the internet that I had rheumatoid arthritis, even though I though it was a a bit odd that none of my joints were swollen or red. I got all the tests (including anti-ccp) and they were negative. I had x-rays when this all began and they showed very mild osteoarthritis in my hands. I had bloods drawn again last year and they were still all negative (in fact my CRP and sed rate were better than previously!). I saw a rhuematologist and he diagnosed me with osteoarthritis (which didn't make sense to me).
Because I've had more pain recently, I asked for my hands and feet to be x-rayed. Just got the results back and they are normal. I don't understand this. Obviously I'm glad my joints aren't deteriorating, but I feel like I'm going mad and not getting any solutions.
Is it possible that it could be something else? Am I some kind of weird enigma?! I know you guys don't have the answers for me but I don't know where to turn next.
Thanks for listening.