My problems started about 9 months ago. My ankles swelled up, and I passed it off as an old sports injury. My knees started to bother me, and I did the same. Eventually it moved into my hands, and it became excruciating to type or even open jars.
I was tested for carpal tunnel - negative. Around that time, I started going through 2-3 day spells where I would feel absolutely terrible. All my joints would swell, I'd be slightly feverish, and I'd feel weak to the point where it was impossible to get out of bed.
These symptoms continued, and other things started happening - I've been sweating profusely, especially at night, and the lymph nodes under my arms and in my neck have been swollen almost constantly.
I saw a rheumatologist about a month ago, and he diagnosed me with "undifferentiated arthritis" and gave me some Diclofenac (an anti-inflammatory), which hasn't really helped. I also had a CT scan, which revealed nothing abnormal. The doctor also told me that my thyroid was enlarged, and that there was definitely something wrong with me - he just wasn't sure what it is yet. Basically, he told me that it could eventually turn into rheumatoid arthritis, but that sometimes these types of symptoms go away on their own.
Is it normal to have all these symptoms with undifferentiated arthritis?
I'm going back to the doctor in a week, but I want to know if other people have these types of problems as well.
My question is... do people with undifferentiated arthritis experience a wide range of symptoms like this?