Ok so I have not been diagnosed with RA. Like my doctor doesn’t even know I’m having these symptoms (yet) I’m just worried my doctor will tell me it’s all because of getting older. Maybe it is?
I turn 38 this year. I was having night sweats in 2014. Had blood work done and it all came back normal except my ANA was “slightly elevated” at 1:80 but my ESR was normal so my doctor told me the ANA wasn’t of clinical significance. I quickly forgot all about it until last month when my knuckle on my right hand started hurting. It stopped hurting after a week but then another knuckle on the opposite hand started hurting. I couldn’t grip anything without significant pain. I googled sore joints and RA came up along with what blood tests are needed. I then remembered my positive ANA test.
I know that I can’t get medical advice here so I’m just going to list my symptoms and if you want to comment about if you’ve had these symptoms or not, that’s great. These are not all recent, some go back up to 5 years.
-numb hands when I wake up (last 2 years on & off)
-very rare numb toes (happened maybe 3-4 times)
-chronic plantar fasciitis in my right foot (comes & goes in left foot - done PT and cortisone shots in both feet)
-pain all through my feet when I get out of bed, or after I’ve been resting for a bit
-sore big toe joint, went away over a year ago and hasn’t come back
-often feel like I could use a nap half way through the day
-stiffness in my feet/ankles (newer- symptom, only lasts 15-20 seconds after I start walking)
-occasional pain in wrists (minor, comes & goes)
-thick calluses on the ball of both feet -for about a 2 month span, it has resolved now, my toes on my right foot felt cold & wet inside my shoes. Were warm to the touch when I felt them with my hand and def not wet.
Anyone in their pre-diagnosis stage think these sound familiar? I fear I’m just aging.