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I think I have RA, but I am not sure. I have a doctor's appt upcoming, and I'm really worried about it - does this sound like RA?
For the last week I've been waking up at 3 or 4 am with my hands really hurting - the left is worse but both are sore. It hurts to flex the fingers, especially the index and thumb. The most painful area is the joint at the base of the finger. They feel stiff and really tender, and also weak - it's hard to use any strength in my hands. The pain gets better as the day goes on and by evening, all I feel is just some mild stiffness and only the mildest echo of pain in the left hand. There is no visible swelling - I think the left hand is a bit swollen but my husband doesn't see it, so I am thinking I might just be paranoid! I also have some tenderness on the bottoms of my feet - the fleshy pad at the base of the toes.
I have had very minor swelling and pain in my hands and feet before, and a couple months ago I was x-rayed with no findings. At that time I had no rheumatoid factor in a blood test so basically my GP said, it's just a weird blip, don't worry about it. My dad has RA and I've been scared of it for years - now just this week my hands are bad. Is there something else this could be? It sounds like RA to me, based on my internet research, but I know that's not very reliable. I'm thinking I have had a very slow and minor start to RA and it was not bad enough to be diagnosable back in the fall, but now it is progressing.
I'm sorry if this sounds kind of paranoid or anxious - I'm not sure who to talk to. Any thoughts from the group would be appreciated, thank you.
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