Hi. I am new to the forums and I want to thank you all for what seems to be an understanding place to talk about this disease.
I have a few question I need help with. I would appreciate any help as I am pretty scared right now.
I am 28 years old and have had pain in my right shoulder for a few months. It went away for a few weeks until I got really, really sick with the flu about a month ago. After the flu, I started to have symptoms associated with RA. My wrists hurt, but not extreme pain. My pointer and middle fingers on my hands are swollen and have minor pain. my knees and my feet are sore with the bottoms hurting sometimes. Also my ankles and toes are sore, but not painful. Now both my shoulders hurt too.
If I sit or lay down I have no pain. When I move it hurts pretty bad when I get out of bed but not when I walk that much. I would say it feels like I sprained whatever it is that is hurting me. The muscles are very sore. I have also been sleeping on an air mattress. I tend to sleep on my arms and hands alot (bad habit) and sleep in weird positions. I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night because my hands/arms "fell asleep" because they are under my chest when I sleep. Could this lead to RA like symptoms?
I went to see a doctor yesterday and he said it could be RA. He prescribed Vicodin and told me to take 2400 mg a day of ibuprofen for 6 weeks to see what happens. He also mentioned prednisalone if I do have RA.
I am taking a blood test tomorrow to see if I have RA. He also said it could be something to do with the flu I had.
That leads to my first Question: Is there any sort of virus associated with the flu or flu like symptoms that could cause such pains similar to RA? and if so what are they?
This might sound weird but if I do have RA, am I going to have deformities and if so what are they? Can I prevent this from happening? When do the deformities start?
I can handle pain pretty well and so far I see alot of people saying that the pain is extreme. If I do have RA, I must be in the early stages because I do not have pain that would warrant such "heavier" pain medications. Does this mean the pain gets worse and worse over time?
One last concern. I saw these symptoms associated with RA on web md and other RA affiliated web sites:
I do not have fatigue
I do not have loss of appetite.
no weight loss.
no numbness in hands. (my two fingers are swollen on both hands though.)
I guess I am just trying to find a "way out" of having RA. I am very scared and do not want to have to live with this for the rest of my life. Any uplifting comments would be helpful. I was not scared until I started reading about prognosis.
You all are great and I appreciate your time in reading this. I am just confused and am looking for some clarity.
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