Hi, just wanted to introduce myself and say hello.
Im a frontline NHS worker and I caught COVID back in April last yr and subsequently long COVID. I’ve had 2 failed attempts at a phased return to work and despite having numerous tests through out the year nothing showed up. Then 2 weeks ago I started again with terrible fatigue again and joint aches along with brain fog and numerous other problems. This time blood work showed a positive RF of 147iu/mL which then prompted an urgent referral to rheumatology by my GP. She says anything above 30 is high, but online it says anything above 14?
Im feeling confused and not really sure what this means! I have developed small lumps on my thumb joints and the first joints on my index fingers. My hands, wrists, elbows , knees and feet are painful and hands sometimes swollen. The base of my neck is also painful.
Could COVID trigger RA? Could this be reactive? Has anyone else had a similar experience after a virus. Any advise and sharing of experiences would be most welcome. Thank you in advance for reading. 😊