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   Posted 8/6/2017 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a 64 y/o and was diagnosed with Fibro in 2002. I have learned to adapt and doing ok. I have had steroid injections for hip bursitis and knee bursitis all with good outcomes. Recently I have developed tendonitis/bursitis in right ankle and left shoulder. My left wrist and hand aches some swelling in wrist. I have bone spurs on my distal finger joints. My right wrist and had also sore but not as bad as left. My Sed rate and CRP has been elevated for the past year but ANA was negative. I have a couple days a month I dont get dressed and stay is bed due to exhaustion. Otherwise I am fairly active housework, yardwork 2 active dogs. I also am seeing a Nephrologist for decreased Kidney Function (too many NSAIDS). I have an appointment with Rheumatologist the end of September. My family physician put me on medrol dose pak last week. It helped for a couple days only. I guess my question is, this pain is different then what I am used too it is more of a dull ache with occasional shooting pain. could this be a form of RA..I know I need more labs but I am not always patient and curious what RA pain feels like

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   Posted 8/7/2017 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Tweedledee, I was diagnosed with RA an year back. In my case, it is showing up more in my hands. On some days (for me) it is like a dull throbbing ache and the joints are swollen. One can feel that something is not right with the hands but it isn't pain per se. On other days, it is a sharp pain, almost like something is biting my hand, but from the inside.

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   Posted 8/8/2017 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Tweedledee, we had a member in another forum who was having issues with her hands only. All testing came back negative. However, her rheumatologist did not stop there. He ordered MRI's of both hands & the damage showed up on the scans & this was how she was given a diagnosis.

I hope you can get some help.
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