I am 39 and a few years ago had a weird bruising that kept appearing on my elbow. My doc did a blood test and I had high RF. I had a bursitis in my elbow but that was all. I have always had aches and pains. I am a musician and violin has always given me neck issues. I also have had hip issues I always attributed to being born with hip displasia (which was corrected at birth). Anyways, my RF stayed high. I went to one Rheumy but I had no swollen joints. No real fatigue that wasn't explained by having a toddler. And I went along. Then had thickening on my knuckles. My dermatologist said they were gotron's papules and sent me back to the rheumatologist. Again, RF was high, nothing else and the thickening was only on one hand not both. So the rheumy said I was likely fine for now. Something may or may not develop. That was almost 2 years ago.
This year I have had consistently high RF and we tried lowering my cholesterol to see if that lowered to RF, but nope. Then I started to experience bouts of fatigue especially after a busy time, like after a school concert night. My whole body feels achy and toxic wheb i am feeling like that. My neck hurts, my hips, my hands ache. But no really obvious swelling. I have one knuckle that has gone up a bit and I got a bursitis or cyst or something in my wrist. My ankle is also swollen and has purpleish veins. I am going back to the rheumatologist. But I am equally terrified of getting confirmation that this is RA setting in as I am of not getting a diagnosis because I feel so terrible. I am curious about the beginning phase of other's RA and also if diet has helped. I eat a clean diet. Lots of fruit and veggies, whole foods etc. I know I feel achy after dairy so I keep that to a minimum. I crack every 10 minutes.... neck hands feet arms ... I guess I hear that early detection can stop damage. But the medications seem bad too. I feel like stress and pushing myself throws me right off. I did a combat class and was laid out for 2 days. I have woken up in pain where my arms hurt so much all over that I
am crying. Is this all in my head or is this all part of it?