Re: Arthritis at 41?
To misquote Shakespeare- Get thee to a rheumatologist and quickly. I started in my early 40s with both inflammatory and osteo arthritis. My rheumatologist has been my rock for over 20 years. I know without his expertise I would not be in nearly as good a shape as I am and certainly in a great deal of pain. When my arthritis began I felt like throwing up from the pain by the end of the day and bought correlle dishes because stoneware was too heavy for my hands to manage. With proper medication I am generally pain free(except when the weather changes) and as one joint or another has gotten bad he has sent me to therapy or put in a cortisone shot. It sounds as if your GP is someone you trust, but I would still get that referral asap.