I realize now that I posted in the wrong forum. I have reposted in the Arthritis section. Please delete this post if you need to thanks.
Your signs and symptoms are suggestive of rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a multifactorial disease. It causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. It often starts between ages 25 and 55.
No one knows what causes rheumatoid arthritis. Genes, environment, autoimmunity and hormones might contribute. The tendency to develop rheumatoid arthritis may be genetically inherited.
Since you have a strong family of RA, there is a high probability that you might develop RA. You should consult a rheumatologist for an early diagnosis and begin some treatment if advised.
Thank you for your comment. I may be in denial!
I have an appointment in 2 weeks with my doctor.
I have been diagnosed with Hemochromatosis.
More commonly known as "iron overload." My Rheumatoid Factor was normal but my liver functions were not. As it turns out many people with this genetic disease have arthritis problems that can mimic RA.
If you are young and do not have a history of sports, but you have been diagnosed with arthritis, please have your iron level checked folks.
My daughter is seven years old and has been complaining of behind knees and elbows pain for the past three months now. She has no swelling on either her knees or elbows. Please help as i am so worried about my daughter.