Posted by Kasey
on March 22, 2000 at 17:58:59:
A few months ago my knuckles symmetrically began to turn red and swell. My doctor did blood work
(no lupus) and referred me to a rheumatologist. The rheumatologist took more blood (I am negative on
rheumatoid factor), put me on anti-inflammatorys, and gave me braces to wear at night.
Since then the swelling has decreased, but my hands and wrists ache. Some days are worse than others.
My grip on items gets shakey, and sometimes the pain is very pronounced. And often by the end of the
day, all my knuckles look bruised, like I wacked them against a wall.
I recently had an EMG which showed no CTS. My rheumatologist says it could be early
RA (sorry for all the anacronyms :) But she seems to be taking a 'wait and see' attitude towards diagnosis.
Dont get me wrong, I dont particularly want to be diagnosed with RA (no offense to anyone).....
but this 'wait and see' thing is making me terribly upset. I try to convince myself that its "all in my head",
but then I will have a bad day with my hands, and I get angry with my Dr.'s for not telling me anything other
than - take these pills and come back in 30 days. I just really want to know what the heck is going on with
Is this par for course? Ive read that RA is sometimes difficult to diagnose, or to rule out. Should I go to
another Rheumatologist? If this is RA, is there anything I can do now? Are these symptoms consistant with
anyone out theres symtoms? Does this sound like anything else to anyone?
Im so freaked out and frustrated, Im not sure what to do. I would appreciate any advice, or comments.