I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) three months ago, and my main symptoms were:
*extreme pain/stiffness and fatigue that were worse in the morning, and improved as the day progressed
*symmetrical pain in joints (if my left wrist hurt, so did my right)
*extreme fatigue (which can be caused by a number of things)
* a very high Rheumatoid Factor (only detectable by specific blood test)
I was told that I had the classic signs of RA with these symptoms. I hope you don't have it. I have pain in my hands, knees, and also have pain in my feet, but it's much worse in the morning and gets better as the day progresses. I haven't been to a movie theater since being diagnosed with RA, so I don't have experience there. If you have any of these symptoms, ask your doctor to order an "Arthritis Panel" blood test. A high Rheumatoid Factor alone is not enough to positively diagnose you as having RA, but that, with other symptoms present helps with diagnosis. I'm not a doctor either, this is just my personal experience. Good Luck!!!
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Recovered Alcoholic w/15 years Continuous Sobriety