Off an on for the last seven months I have been dealing with anxiety related to autoimmune disorders. I have currently convinced myself that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. My GP did bloodwork three months ago for lupus (since my mom has it). It was completely normal. My vitamin D and B12 was low, but not deficient, so I now take supplements.
Over the course of the seven months, I have experienced infrequent joint and muscle pains, among a million other random things (e.g. tingling scalp, twitches, buzzing foot - it's not MS, I was worried about that, and I checked out). Also, randomly, I had a spontaneous toe sprain in February. In the last week and a half it has felt, "more regular". It began with a bout of IBS. Then, my ribs closest to my collar bone hurt so bad one night, it woke me up. The pain was gone the next day and has only popped up for minutes since. My left wrist hurts when I apply pressure to it (e.g. pain when pushing off of the bed in the morning, but not when carrying my 2 year old). Today, both elbows are sore...like tennis elbow and my left ankle area hurts (like tendinitis). No swelling, nothing is warm or red. I haven't had a fever in over a year (not even slightly elevated temp). I'm not tired. I am stiff after sitting or sleeping, but only for minutes.
I am 33, and generally healthy. I'm just terrified of RA. I love my family. I want to play with my son. I enjoy working. I honestly want to clean, cook, do yard work, and laundry. I am worried that this will debilitate me to a point where those things are no longer possible. I've shared this fear with my husband on multiple occasions. He is extremely supportive and wonderful. However, I am Google fool...and that, drives him crazy.
I am hopeful for advice...is RA as scary as I think it is?? And, how do you stop with Google???