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I started getting noticable symptoms about a year ago. I am 46 yr female. My doctor told me he felt it was osteo and basically there was nothing they could do however since about summertime my symptoms have increased dramatically. All the fingers on both hands are extremely painful with the middle fingers and ring fingers being the worst. Sometimes in the joints it feels as though they are about to burst from the inside out, other times there is a sharp zapping pain that seems to wrap around the joints from the outside. I am sorry I am terrible at explaining this. I have lost a lot of mobility in both hands. The ring fingers almost feel like they swell INSTANTLY in the cold. There is never any time of day it isn't painful it just depends how much. Sometimes I cannot even bend them without the pain being a 12/10. Every day I am so so tired. It is so frustrating. I have an appointment with a Rheumatologist in March for which I must travel five hrs to get to as the wait lists in my area is FOUR years. I am currently trying to manage my symptoms with NSAIDS and paracetamol with very little success. I would like to thank all of you for all of the valuable information I have read so far. I did test RH neg, my doc did no further testing. I admitt I am really hoping for answers from the specialist as it is alarming how fast this is progressing. As a photographer, I need my hands to work and it is becoming more difficult every day......thanks for listening.
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