Thank you everyone. I appreciate the suggestions and please understand that I do not expect exact medical diagnoses and am seeing a Reumy, Endcrinologist, PCP, PM, Psych, Gyno, and whoever else they refer me to. I do go to every Dr apt and take all the meds that I am prescribed exactly as they are given. I know I have fibro, but I know fibro does not normally cause increased inflamation in the body or the high Uric Acid.
I will try to answer all of the questions, but please fogive me if I miss any. My hand x-rays have been done, but I don't yet know the results. My hands swell all over, at the knuckles on the fingers, at the base of the thumb, and at the knuckles on the base of the fingers. I never know exactly which ones or when...it just flares up and does whatever it wants. Both hands are affected. When it is "just" the knuckles, the Voltaren Gel works immediately, but when it is the whole hand (overall stiffness/pain/swelling/no grip) then there is no relief. Sometimes it gets a little better a few hours I have gotten out of bed. My fingers go numb or tingle especially on the tips of a few fingers (especially the first finger on the left hand). I have extreme sensitivity to cold or heat with my hands, but my body is almost ALWAYS hot and sweaty (even though my standard temp is 97.7).
I have not had fluid removed from joints for testing and I have not had nerve conduction studies.
My right knee bothers me a lot, but I can't really explain why...it just gets really painful and sometimes swells. Then it goes down and I don't have problems for a while.
My feet and ankles are bad in the mornings and at night. They are painful and achy, but don't generally turn red.
Lastly, I know you are all correct on the MRI vs X-rays of the back and hopefully I can get the MRI set up quickly. X-rays (IMHO) are only as good as the person reading them and are not meant to show some things (as you guys pointed out). The back thing is my worst problem, but the condition (whatever it may be) is making life so much worse with the constant pain in my hands.
I'm just looking for possible suggestions to explore. You guys have a great deal of experience with so many conditions that I know nothing about. I'm hoping to be able to discuss possibilites with the Reumy when I get to see her again. We are so rural that she only comes to this area one half day one time per month and the next date is August 6th, but they don't have me scheduled. I'm hoping to get past the "gatekeeper" answering the phone and get to a nurse or to somebody who can give me info on Monday. So far, I've been unsuccessful.
Thanks again guys!