...and I am terrified that I have RA or psoriatic arthritis. From some previous blood work I had done, it seems RA is unlikely (thank God) but it seems that psoriatic arthritis might be likely. I have to go to a dermatologist to see if what I've always been told was eczema is in fact psoriasis (sorry if that's TMI-- it's not bad and is only on my elbows and ankles) and then we'll see.
Luckily right now my symptoms aren't bad... just some stiff feet and sometimes knees in the morning or after sitting for awhile, and stiff/sore elbows. First noticed the foot stiffness a couple of months after my son was born, and elbow/knee symptoms about a month ago.
My husband thinks this is all down to my anxiety, which is possible. Every few years, it seems like my anxiety finds a new way of manifesting itself: At first it was sleep issues and digestive issues, normal anxiety symptoms. Once I started taking zoloft, those went away... several years later, I had went through a period of a year where even the tiniest sip of alcohol would make me violently ill... no explanation, and I suspect anxiety. Then a few years ago I had a bout of "globus" that had no other explanation than anxiety. So it's a possibility.
All the stuff on the internet about PsA is scary. Does anyone have real experience with these illnesses and can reassure me that life can be okay? I read one website that said 90% of people with PsA live a normal life, just with some adjustments... that was reassuring. Of course it's possible I am totally jumping the gun and have no such illness... I hope so but I don't know, it feels real...