I also have joint pain with very little or no swelling. Sometimes I can see a redness around the joints in my fingers when they are hurting, but they have never been more than mildly puffy. When my joints get really bad it feels like there is 'crud' in the joint- and if I could just take it apart, clean it out, and put it back together clean it would be all right for a while. Other times I feel like it needs to pop so bad that it might just make it feel better to break it and just let it heal without the pressure. (Yes, I am aware that all of these are BAD ideas.)
I don't know if I have had the ccp test, but when I had the Rh test done in Feb '08 it was really high. (I wanted to write the # here- but I don't remember it!) I haven't had x-rays done since I was first brought in to the office about a year ago, but at the time I had much less joint pain daily. I guess it has turned aggressive since then. They didn't show any evidence of RA at he time, I wonder if it would be different now.
Bipolar treatment-Lamictal, 200mg, Mood stabelizer, daily(main side effect: brain fog) Bipolar treatment-Cymbalta, 40mg, Antidepressant, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting, insominia) Anemia, Fatigue treatment- Iron supplement, 65mg, daily(main side effect: constipation) Insominia treatment- Ambien, 10mg, daily(main side effect: amnesia eppisodes between taking pill and falling asleep) Mania treatment- Alprazolam, .25mg, Very rarely(main side effect: fatigue, slowing of thoughts, depression of CNS, can't take ambien or vicodin when on it) RA treatment- Plaquenil, 400mg, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting) RA treatment- Methotrexate, 25mg, 1X weekly(main side effects: hair loss, stomach upset, mouth sores, sore muscles, fatigue, brain fog, compromised immune system, decreased Folic Acid absorption) GI upset treatment- Leucovorin Calcium, 10mg 1x weekly(main side effects: ?) Folic Acid defintioncy- Folic Acid, 1mg, daily(main side effects: ?) RA treatment- Prednisone, 8mg(and decreasing...)daily(main side effects: increased manic eppisodes, constipation, brain fog, bone density degeneration, compromised immune system) Multi-mineral Supplement (main side effects: constipation, GI upset) Constipation treatment- Docusate Sodium, 200mg, daily(main side effects:?) pain control- Motrin, 800mg, PRN Q6hours daily(main side effects: GI upset, decreased clotting) Pain Control- Vicodin, 5-500mg, PRN Q12hours regularly (main side effects: brain fog, fatigue)