Hi. I am a 53 year old woman who has had MCP joint relplacements in both thumbs. For a couple of years it was only my laft hand and when I started back to work as a nurse, my right hand gave in to arthritis. I had my last MCP joint replacement on Feb 13, 2012. On January 31st I woe up feeling ill. By February 5th I was almost unable to function due to all over joint pain. My Dr did blood work and I don't have RA. I had a full body bone scan last week and it showed symmetric polyarthropathy in my appendicular joints. Today my RA/arthritis specialist said well, it's osteoarthritis so keep taking my narcotic pain medication. That's not good enough. I can't drive, go up and down steps, need to stay in bed and run a temp once in a while of 99+ degrees. My normal temp is 97.7. I am in so much pain and even my muscles hurt that I usually end up crying once or so a day from the pain.
Have any of you out there just woke up one day and poof, your whole body had osteoarthrits? Every other part of me was fine until January 31st. I now am considering moving to the mail floor for my bedroom in the office.
Please help if you can with suggestions. I even asked about Viral arthritis but he thinks its unlikely.
Thanks in advance.