I must've missed this post. I'm so glad to see all these responses as my xrays are negative ("no significant arthritis) and blood levels are normal w/the exception of a positive ANA. I have trigger thumb and nodules under the skin on both my thumb and a middle finger. My stiffness lasts for hours. It is much worse in the morning and at night but it always bothers me. My hands and feet are the worst.
I'm extremely busy most of the time and refuse to let this stop me. Hopefully I'll be able to keep that attitude. However scraping old wallpaper off a wall became so painful --my husband finished it for me.
Arthritis runs in my family (both sides) so much I don't think I'll be able to avoid some aspect of the disease.