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Old 11-22-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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Is this RA?

Hi there! I am a 41 year old female. Last year, at this same exact time, I had a hard knot on the top of my left foot. I run, not a whole lot, and the doc. said it was from tight shoes. It was unbearable at night, waking me up. The pain radiated down into the first 2 toes. A little bit of swelling. Flexing my foot first thing in the morning made it unbearable. I also had pain in my low back and left hamstring/back of leg that went down into my knee. I attributed it to running. Also, my hands and feet always seemed so cold. Doctor did all the tests- thyroid, RA ect and they all came back negagtive. I was dxd as being in early menpause when I 30. No reason given as to why. Anyway, this year, same exact thing but now its on the right side. IDENTICAL symptom but all on th right side. Same foot pain, back pain, leg pain ect. Doctor took xrays ,showed nothing. Went to podiatrist and he said it's a bone spur. It first showed up in August. I stopped runnng and it went away, like overnight. Started running again and it's back. My hands and feet burn and are tingly, esp. first thing in the morning. It's worse this year than last year. The cold weather seems to make it worse and I'm always super cold. They don't turn colors so maybe not Raynauds? Could it be RA?

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Old 11-23-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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Re: Is this RA?

I was diagnosed five years ago. RA came on suddenly for me and within a week had effected most of my body. I would recommend a visit to a rheumatologist - they are the specialists for RA.

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Re: Is this RA?

The thing is, RA is not going away when one stops activities, this is not one of the characteristics of this auto-immune disease.
Another thing, RA doesn't affect our backs, thank God for this at least.
But OA may. At age 25 and older our spinal changes start, age related. Since you are 41 and a runner, your body may need some changes too regarding activities.
I used to exercise 5 days a week, really hard and serious, but one thing I wasn't able to do anymore is running outside, this was stopped earlier than my gym activities. Also due to pain and changes of my body.
Earlier menopause of course affects your thyroid function, I had my partial hysterectomy at age 35 and body did I feel it!! Here is your cold hands.

About your knot; sometimes we get them on top of our feet or on top of wrists/hands, either from tight shoes or carrying something heavy on our wrists and hands. Painful, but it goes away in time if not aggravated anymore.

RA is a lot more than just leg pain or foot pain. Possible you get your pains from thyroid dysfunction and body changes or just age related OA. If this concerns you, please see a specialist, but personally I wouldn't worry much about having RA.
I am not a doctor of course, but this is just my 2 cents.

All the best to you dear

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