I've been having joint pain since February, mostly in my fingers and wrists and sometimes knees and ankles. I've had throbbing, tingling, achey, and sharp pains, and stiffness in the morning. Usually the pains last for a few days, but I've been doing well for the past few weeks. I've never had swelling.
I went to the rheumy today and she said everything looked well (probably because I haven't been in pain recently). But my fingers have been hurting since the appointment when she squeezed my fingers. She said that I probably had some sort of inflammation and that Remicade (which I'm on for UC) helped to improve it; she was hesitant to give an actual diagnosis because she couldn't pinpoint anything at the moment and my blood tests (Rh factor, ANA, dsDNA) were all normal.
Is it possible I could have RA but the Rh factor is normal because of Remicade?
Are any of you musicians? I was looking forward to getting back to piano (haven't played much over the past few years), but at my worst, I can't even get through one piece. Right now, I'm able to play in 5-10 minute chunks. Could playing piano be a type of PT? Or should I avoid it completely if I'm having pain?
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP, 1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (7 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, Forvia, 6 Colazal, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement, 20 mg Prozac, VSL #3 DS, Turmeric