I'm new to this forum and to RA so thank you in advance for sharing your stories. My question for this community is this: What were the different symptoms you experienced over the years prior to your diagnosis? I understand that because RA is an autoimmune disease it can present differently in people. I'm just trying to get a better understanding of the nuances.
I'm newly diagnosed with RA. Leading up to this diagnosis, most recently, I've had four months of specific symptoms of unknown origin (I'm not happy with my Rheumatologist so I'm searching for others to try out.). I went through all of the different diagnostic tests, even to rule out the really scary stuff (i.e. cancer, meningitis, lupus, etc.). My symptoms: persistent low-grade fever, fatigue (extreme), cognitive impairment, intermittent nausea resulting in vomiting. Most recently, immediately before my diagnosis, I was put on a round of prednisone (which I do not respond to well, to say the least) and started getting pain in the joints of my index, middle, pinky fingers and thumbs and it worsened day by day, with swelling/nodules and swollen, tight, shiny skin at the tops of my fingers. The symptoms were mirrored in both hands and I felt really crappy overall. I had bouts of severe emotional reaction which, after reading, I realize are a symptom/side effect of RA.
Over the years, I've had varying symptoms of overall fatigue, gut problems, soreness, going undiagnosed. Or, maybe even misdiagnosed, as I had been put on anti-depressants early on but didn't find that it helped much. I'm still doing my research and unfamiliar with how it can manifest or be dormant for folks. Thank you!