Over the last 5 years or so I've had an ever increasing number of RA symptoms and they continue to get worse. During Christmas when I was extremely stressed and busy I couldn't use my hands at all because to try and even lift a shirt was too painful for my knuckles and hands. The joints beneath my index finger are beginning to look deformed and I have a large growth on the side of my foot under my big toe that often hurts. All of my Autoimmune tests come back as positive with inflammation. I also have a condition called Pseudotumor Cerebri, a known secondary condition to RA for which I underwent brain surgery 5 years ago. I saw a rheumatologist a couple of years ago who said I definitely have an auutoimmune process going on, but wasn't sure if it was lupus or RA. My mother has MS and my maternal Aunt had severe RA. I was supposed to follow up, but haven't. With the increase of symptoms, pain and a current flare, I can't put this off any longer. What I would like to know, however, is how did you know you had RA? What were your initial symptoms? What is your story? Thank you.
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