I'm wondering if some of you could post your first symptoms that led to your diagnosis and how you were diagnosed please. I have not seen a doctor yet (but am going to), but have several new symptoms within the last year that concern me. My right big toe joint closest to my foot started hurting badly a year ago. That has worsened and now my left same joint hurts. Several joint in my hands started bothering me in the last 6 months and affect what I can do or at least how long I can do things. My hands get very tired when I wash my hair or face. I wake up with my hands a lower arm numb several nights a week, which also started in the last year. I feel like my symptoms are consistent with RA but don't want to jump to conclusions.