At the end of last summer I woke up with stiff, swollen hands in the morning about 4 months after the birth of my daughter. I didn’t think much of it, until it kept coming back in the morning and would feel better after I showered. In October, I saw my PCP and he thought it was hormones and I didn’t think much of it. At the beginning of February, my hands flared to the point that they where so stiff, weak, and swollen I was unable to open a jar. I still was not experiencing much pain at this point. My PCP then ran multiple bloodwork tests and gave me a shot of steroids. My symptoms magically disappeared and once again, he thought it was hormones. My blood work was tested for RF and Sed rate were both negative/normal. I received my first covid vaccine at the beginning on April, and my hands flared again a few days later. This time I have pain/ swelling between the joints of my fingers (I’m guessing it’s a tendon) and in between on my knuckle. I went back to my PCP and of course, more steroids and tests. The steroids did not help as much this time and more blood tests were ordered- CRP, ANA, Lyme, CCP. All have been negative/normal. I received my second vaccine, and now I have joint pain everywhere else (feet, ankles, wrist, knees) one week later and exhausted. I have been referred to a rheumatologist, however they are unable to see me for a month and a half. I am going to try to find something else sooner. I know serronegative arthritis exists and I’m asking if anyone else has had similar symptoms, and any helpful tips for me if I am diagnosed ie food to stay away from, losing weight, medication, exercising? I’m trying to stay positive (but of course, it’s difficult). Thank you!