So many answers!
About 5 years ago, I started to feel "poorly" and just shrugged it off to getting old (I'm 59) and stress of a new and demanding job. I went to my GP doc regularly and he was ZERO help. I had two slightly deformed pinky fingers and I pointed that out to him. I also had knots on the joints of my hands and severe "trigger finger" in both index fingers. "Too much video game playing!" was his diagnosis. Despite these "diagnoses" I still felt that "something wasn't quite right" in my body. Finally at my wife's insistence, I visited a Rheumatologist who's office happens to be next to mine. Didn't take long for him to figure out what's what. Many of the symptoms I had written off to other issues were in fact, early RA and now I've experienced my first "flare up". I guess I'm here to thank you all for this site. I have gotten more info in my short visit here than I have gotten from all the doctor's visits and blood tests. So many of my questions have been answered through your posts. Thank you, keep up the fight!
Does your RA impact you financially?