I went to my GP a while ago with swollen and sore thumbs - couldn't move them properly. He said it's likely to be a bit of arthritis but not to worry - it'll come and go.
I said I've only just turned 40 but apparently it gets more prevalent from your 40's (cheers then...).
It comes and goes in my thumbs but yesterday I couldn't text and I also get a very sore hip and have had to have a steroid injection in my shoulder which has now worn off so I'm hoping they'll give me another.
Sigh. Am fed up. Have got Coeliac disease and am wondering if this is linked (some stuff on the internet says it could be) and was wondering if anyone else is in the same boat.
I'm taking Glucosamine but am not sure if they're helping?
Sorry to hear that you're in pain. Your GP may well refer you for tests if he thinks it might be RA.
RA tends to be mirrored in joints on both sides of the body, be at its worst in the morning and then loosen up through the day. It doesn't come and go though.
Good luck at the GP. And if you're looking for stronger painkillers, try Voltarol from the chemist. It's a stronger anti-inflammatory than Ibuprofen. You have to be careful not to take it for too long though as it can be nasty on your stomach.
It would be worth trying removing corn from your diet. Some time after I went gf I was getting terrible joint pains. I mentioned it to a friend who said she had experienced a similar problem and removing corn helped her. I do not have joint pain if I don't eat corn, if I do eat corn I get dreadful, painful, stiff and swollen joints. It makes the glutenfree diet a real pain - but it's less of a pain than the joints! Some coeliacs also get joint pain if they are accidentally glutened so it would be worth checking you are not accidentally ingesting a small amount through cross-contamination or whatever.
I don't use the same toaster but do have modified wheat starch - have always been symptom free except for being anaemic - it took years to be diagnosed (they think) because I'm a so called 'silent' coeliac.
Sigh. Will see what the GP thinks but will be mightily pissed off if I have to ditch all corn/modified wheat starch etc. I know it's worth a go - but it's also worth a grumble!