Your symptoms sound similar to mine. I was told that I didn't have RA back in 2008 because my Rheumatoid factor was negative, but my current Orthopedist thinks that I may have had it all along and that I'm having another flare up. It's getting increasing worse. My shoulders are red and warm. I'm having issues raising my right shoulder. The left one hurts, but not as bad. My ankles are swelling. My right hand was swollen yesterday. My wrist and shoulders ache to the point that it's difficult to get dressed or brush my teeth and typing is a pain. I have to take breaks now. I'm only 24. I just got off the phone with the appointment line, so I'm waiting for my rheumatology appointment.View Thread
Hi. I'm 24 years old and I've had joint issues pretty much all of my life. Around 11 or 12 I started complaining about my fingers, and my mom took me to a rheumatologist. I was told that it was just growing pains. Then when I was 16 I started having issues with my knees. My knees hurt whenever I walked and my knees started to burn. They felt like they were on fire. It hurt for wind to even touch my skin. My clothes touching my skin even hurt. Eventually they started to swell to the sizes of grapefruits and walking was all but impossible. I eventually had surgery when I was 18 (they said it was a birth defect). That surgery didn't work and I had surgery again when I was 19 on both knees again. That surgery didn't work either. I had surgery last year, 23, to remove the hardware from the 2006 surgery. In 2008, I started to have major issues with a lot of my joints. My hands started to hurt. My thumbs started to swell. My wrists hurt to move them and touch them. My shoulders became extremely tender to the touch and wearing a bra or having my clothes touch them put me in excruciating pain. I lost some ability to move my arms for a while because it was just that painful. My hips hurt when I walked and my ankles became abnormally swollen. My toes also did the same thing as my ankles. And the pain I was already experiencing off and on in my knees increased tremendously. I went to a rheumatologist again and was told that my rheumatoid factor was negative and I didn't have lupus, but my sed rate was high. He said my results were inconclusive and I just dealt with the pain for about 6 months until it went away. Last year, 2010, I started having swelling in my ankle and toes again. Then by October, I couldn't walk anymore. I had surgery to remove the hardware, because we thought it was the cause of the pain, but I'm still hurting. My thumb was swollen again last month. And now my shoulders are hurting again. It seems to me that thing that was happening in 2008 is happening again. Anybody have any ideas about what's going on with me? Did this happen to anyone else? I went to another orthopedist and they think it may be RA and that I may be one of those 25% that have a negative rheumatoid factor but still have RA and perhaps I was misdiagnosed/undiagnosed. Let me know what you think. Because this is very difficult for me and I thank God that my husband has been so supportive.View Thread
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