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Your symptoms seem to indicate that you might have psoriatic arthritis (PA). The swelling in finger and toe joints (esp. "sausage" fingers) are very classical PA symptoms. I have both PA and psoriasis and the sausage fingers were the key to my diagnosis. From what I have read it is quite possible to have PA w/o psoriasis so lack of skin lesions does not rule out PA.
I used to be very stiff in the mornings - getting out of bed was a chore. I take celebrex (Cox-2 inhibitor) and it really helps me. In fact, if I dont take it for 2-3 days my body stiffness returns with a vengeance.
I have taken methotrexate in bursts over the last many years. It helps with psoriasis but does not seem to make PA better. My rheumatologist has been after me for years to try the new biologic drugs (Enbrel, Remicade, Humira, etc).