Could this be RA
Last year I started feeling patchy tingling sensations throughout my body, periodic stiffness, vertigo, extreme fatigue and even twitching. I had some trouble walking due to stiffness. I thought my vision went slightly blurred which probably sent me down the wrong medical path. Doctor thought it was something neurological like MS. Turned out the only problem with my vision was very dry eyes.
All neuro tests... blood tests, MRIs, evoked potentials, celiac biopsy etc... were negative. Neurologist was baffled and sent a referral to a sensory neuro specialist. During this time I also started to develop sore joints... my 2 big toes were stiff almost every morning and my left finger joints. After about 7 months of this my symptoms started to slowly go away and were pretty much gone by December 2011. By the time I saw the specialist neurologist in March, 2012 there was nothing really wrong with me except for the occasional stiff toes and fingers. He did a nerve conduction test which was perfect and said there was nothing wrong with me.
Then about 4 weeks ago it started up again but very different. Now it's only stiff arthritic feelings and it's on BOTH side. Both my thumbs were extremely stiff, exact joints of 3 fingers on both hands were stiff. At times my whole hand feels stiff and i couldn't even open a jar. I realized the walking problems from before, were really stiff hips and ankles. My shoulder blades are extremely bad and the physiotherapist says my upper back feels like rocks. I have extreme fatigue that I feel like I have the flu. This got me thinking maybe it's RA. I've noticed my ankles becoming weaker over the last few years and I had bilateral ulnar nerve entrapment 2 years ago (ulnar is opposite of carpal nerve). The MRI had noted mild arthritis in my neck
BUT... the strange thing is that the symptoms come and go. Sometimes my hands feel so stiff but then 30 minutes later I'm ok. Some days I am EXHAUSTED. But the next day I'm ok.
I've read there can be some early neurological signs. Has anyone else experienced this? Also does the stiffness come and go quickly? Would a negative nerve conduction test mean no RA?
I've just be poked and prodded so much over the last year, I don't want to go down another road that wrong.
Any thoughts? Thanks!!!