Hi everyone, just discovered your forum & hope you wont mind me popping in.
I'm a 40 year old guy who is worried that the Arthritis is finally catching up with me, both mother & grandparents have it so I guess its only a matter of time!!
Had sore feet for several weeks now, particulary when I first get up in the morning, (it feels like I'm walking on marbles) Had put it down to a lot of running around at work & bad shoes but not so sure now.
A couple of weeks back had a really severe night, teeth chattering with cold one minute, then pooring with sweat the next, really thought I was on the way out! never felt so ill (not even when I had pneumonia several years ago), anyway it passed in a relatively short time & although I felt a bit under the weather I though it was gone, then last week (about a week after this bad night) I woke up one morning with badly swollen hands & feet, again this cleared up in around 24 hours but I'm left with lots of aches.
Main symptoms are base of feet, ankles, hands, wrists, knees; also elbows ache a little & back of neck/head on both sides (just where you can feel a lump each side)
Hoping that this is just something that will pass but after a week or so of struggling to get going each morning & then being achy all day I think a visit to the doctor may be coming Problem is after previous family experience with the medical proffession (no offense meant to any Docs here) I really have a huge lack of trust or belief in Doctors.
Does this sound like Arthritis? apart from the feet seems like a very quick onset?? I dont really have any other medical problems apart from a little asthma & excema.
Many thanks for any comments.
Kind Regards, Tony