Severe Joint Pain In Both Hands And Both Elbows, Both Wrists....

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Asked by Paula Wiskow

Severe Joint Pain In Both Hands And Both Elbows, Both Wrists....

I go to bed feeling fine, but I am always awakened in the early morning with aches in both hands, both ankles, both wrists and both elbows, and it just keeps getting worse. Could this be the start of RA?

Answer

Hi Paula,

Pain and stiffness are classic symptoms of RA. Have you discussed this with your doctor yet? I would recommend that you keep a symptom diary in which you include the things you've done or foods you've eaten before you've felt the symptoms.

Then take that symptom diary and all of your questions and concerns with you when you see your doctor next. In the meantime, there is a wealth of information right here at HealthCentral which you can read. I recommend that you start with this page.

Become your own advocate. Ask what testing the doctor orders (ie. blood work), be sure to understand why each test is ordered. And by all means, ask what can you do about the pain RIGHT NOW before a definitive diagnosis is made.

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