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Posted by Betty on December 21, 1999 at 15:59:05:

In Reply to: What were your RA symptoms at the beginning? posted by LynnB on December 21, 1999 at 11:52:29:

: Hello: This is LynnB. I've just found this message board. This Fall I began having some pain in both my
: hands (almost all the knuckles except the end ones), wrists, and elbows, also my feet joints. The muscles
: around the joints were particularly achy. I went to the doc and he suspected that it was arthritis caused
: by some kind of viral infection. He gave me some NSAIDS to take for a week and said it would go away in
: a few weeks. The whole thing just seems so weird to me! My hands looked perfectly normal, yet ached
: and throbbed. I've been doing fine for the past three weeks (ie; no symptoms to speak of), but now my
: finger joints are starting to act up again. Nothing severe...but I still worry. My whole family thinks I'm
: falling apart and I'm also going through a depression. Should I try to see a rheumatologist? Has anybody
: on this board ever had this type of arthritis?

My RA started with purplish/reddish patches on my knee and knuckles etc from my joints being
so inflammed. My joints felt real achey and they were really swollen. I couldn't move as fast as I could before. I know for me stress
really makes my RA act up. I was told I have the first stages of RA BOY! does it hurt, I hate to see
the last stages of this disease. There are a lot of support groups and message boards to talk to. If this
one doesn't help try others.

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