I am 57 years old and described as fit! I weigh 8.5 stones and eat healthily and take regular exercise. However, for some years I have notice an increased stiffness in my joints ie. knees, hips and fingers. I have been told that I have degenerative change in the lower lumbar spine but no significant bone lesions in my hips? Blood tests have revealed nothing out of the normal range with regards to RA 3 years ago a reading of 12 and now this week 10, however my GP still feels I have many symptoms and a history that might indicate otherwise . A am to see an RA consultant end of next week and feel I will be dismissed as I was a few years ago even though my GP feels cause for concern. Is there any useful questions I can put before the specialist, as my healthy appearance seems to put them off going any further. My fingers are sore and the skin feels tight when I bend them and I have nodules appearing on the first fingers. When sitting for even short periods my hips ache and when standing severe stiffness in hips and knees which does improve a little once moving. I would very much appreciate any comments/advice.
The symptoms you describe might be either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. I would look up OA and RA on this website and review the symptoms. If you have any of the specific symptoms, then I would certainly emphasize this to your consultant.