hi & welcome to healingwell! i am sure you will get a vast amount of info & support here. and by writing...you're working things out in your head, so this whole process of diagnoses may be easier & make more sense the more you here about others paths.
true, the nurse was wrong to say ANYTHING over the phone to you...either good or bad, it's not her area to even go there.
with fibro...it seems more and more that anything goes. what you describe may or may not be fibro related. many people with FMS do have those symptoms...and what seems like it is joint related is actually muscle/tendon/tissue related.
did your doc run any labs for rheumatoid arthritis? like RF levels or anticcp?
in theory, RA is supposedly based on symmetrical jont pain, swelling, etc... BUT then you have to consider "overuse" for instance if you favor your right arm or are a leaner on one leg, etc...with that you're stressing the joints thus if it is RA, those joints would flare worse in comparison.
early in the condition...symptoms can be very scattered! physicians look for ideal cases of textbook RA when most times it's not the case.
what will probably happen next is a repeat series of tests by the rheumatologist, and some further more in depth assessments.
with medications...the doc may have you go on a round of anti-inflammatories or meds specific for RA and see how you respond. this also guides them to a proper diagnoses.
so what you basically have stated is that there is pain and swelling in some joints. i could be Fibro, the start of osteo arthritis or it does turn out to be some sort of inflammatory arthitis OR... you're injuring them through work, exercise, sport, misuse etc...
it may take some time for a proper diagnosis to find out what's causing the joint pain and swelling.
hang in there.
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