I started having aching joints in my fingers and toes (mainly PIP and MCP joints but occasionally DIP joints) and some stabbing pain in my fingers on December 10th. My fingers and toes get cold very easily which I never noticed until now. I had severe stabbing pain in my right hip for a few days but hasn't happened since as well as occassional shooting pain down my arm from my elbow, in my knee, wrist and also if I'm cold in my ankle too.
03/01/08 and 04/01/08 I also when experiencing stabbing pain in my finger noticed that a very dark blue vein appears at the surface of my skin and then starts to surface down the side of my hand to my thumb and then in all my other fingers. It's very obvious when it happens and also turns the skin over the joints of my fingers blue (like when you cut your blood circulation off).
Prior to the onset of my symptoms I was getting tired easily and my boss wanted me to see the doctor because she thought I had a problem. I have no swelling or fever but have been having headaches on and off. My WBC and RBC are both normal however my symptoms sound similar to Rhuematoid Arthritis. I get occassional stiffness in my fingers and toes, more so my fingers which occurs more when I've rested for a while. Exercise and movement creates no pain and I have no trouble at present with everyday tasks. I'm starting to feel generally unwell and have been told to keep an eye out for rashes or organ trouble as it could be early onset Lupus. Today I noticed while out walking that I got out of breath quickly even though it was warmer today than it has been for the past few days.
Does this sound like RA or Lupus, or does anyone have any ideas as to what it could be? Thanks for your help.